Walking Into Poetry

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Walking into April Poetry Day:
Saturday, April 13, 2013

Mark your calendar now for the 11th annual Walking into April Poetry Day held at Barton College. This year brings another exciting and vital group of poets to celebrate the written word in the spirit of Sam Ragan. Walking into April is sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society, Barton College, and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, funded by the late Marie Gilbert, who charged us with making poetry accessible to everyone. Michael White, in his second year as the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Down East, is mentoring Candice Lancaster, Kyle Darby, Shari Berk, and Matthew Gaylord as this year’s Gilbert-Chappell student poets, helping them to search their voices as he works with them on their own poems. These student poets will read at Barton on April 13 and with Mr. White at other public readings in eastern North Carolina. Featured poets for the Walking into April morning sessions are Cherryl Floyd-Miller and Richard Krawiec, who will read and present their tips on writing and reading as well as the importance of the spoken word. An open mic will be held after lunch for all participants to share their works.

Michael White teaches in the MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He was educated at the University of Missouri and the University of Utah, where he received his PhD. His most recent books are Palma Cathedral, which won the Colorado Prize, and Re-entry, which won the Vassar Miller Prize. His work has been published in The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, and The Best American Poetry, to name a few. He has received numerous other awards for his work, including a NEA Fellowship and several fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Cherryl Floyd-Miller is a poet, playwright and fiber artist. A native of the Carolinas, she is noted for exploring cultural and feminine themes through folklore and sound devices. She has written two volumes of poems, Utterance: A Museology of Kin and Chops, which won a 2005 AIGA Gold SEED Award. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, Poemeleon, Terminus and MiPoesias. Recipient of grants or fellowships from Poets & Writers, Inc., Caldera, Idyllwild Summer in Poetry, Cave Canem, the Indiana Arts Commission and the Vermont Studio Center, she is a freelance writer and teaches independent writing courses in her community.

Richard Krawiec’s second book of poems, She Hands Me the Razor (title poem nominated for a Pushcart Prize) was published by Press 53. His first book of poems, Breakdown, was a Finalist for the 2009 Indy Book Awards in Poetry. In addition to poetry, he has published a story collection, And Fools of God, four plays, and two novels, Time Sharing and Faith in What? He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NC Arts Council (twice), and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He teaches Beginning and Intermediate online Fiction Writing for UNC Chapel Hill, for which he won the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. He is founder of Jacar Press, a Community Active Literary Publisher. He has worked extensively with people in homeless shelters, women’s shelters, prisons, literacy classes, and community sites, teaching writing.

This is a free event, but the fee for lunch is $9.50. Checks for lunch should be made payable to Barton College and mailed to Rebecca Godwin, Department of English and Modern Languages, Barton College, Box 5000, Wilson, NC 27893. Lunch must be reserved by April 10. The first session begins at 9:45 Saturday morning. For more information, contact Rebecca at 252-399-6364 or at rlgodwin@barton.edu or Marty Silverthorne at marty.koda@yahoo.com. We hope to see you at Barton in April when the azaleas are in bloom.