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We have lost two shining luminaries from the North Carolina literary world.  To read the 2017 Pinesong dedication tribute to Kathryn Stripling Byer, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina, click here.  To read a tribute to Susan Laughter Meyers, former president of both the North Carolina Poetry Society and the Poetry Society of South Carolina, click here.   We grieve their absence and give thanks for two powerful and lasting literary legacies.

NC Poetry Society Officers for 2017-19
New officers and Board members took charge following the May 27 meeting.  Please welcome President: Sam Barbee; Vice President: Alice Osborn; Co-Vice Presidents for Membership: Joan Barasovska and Laura Younger; Recording Secretary: TBD; Corresponding Secretary: Cal Nordt; Treasurer: Bill Griffin; Adult Contests Director: TBD; Student Contests Director: Michael Beadle; and At-Large Board Members: Tori Reynolds and Ty Stumpf.  To read brief biographies of the new Board members, click here.  These new Board members will lead the Poetry Society through the 2017-2019 term.

Upcoming Event
Sam Barbee, president of the NC Poetry Society, will read from his new poetry collection City Lights Bookstore on Thursday, July 20, in Sylva.  He will read again at the First Tuesday Poetry Open Mike at 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 1, at the Trent River Coffee Company in New Bern.

Poetry Opportunity
Flyleaf Books is pleased to announce the seventh annual Flyleaf Books Second Thursday Poetry Contest.  Poets may submit one poem of up to 60 lines; the entry must be original and may be previously published.  Send entries to flyleafpoetrycontest@gmail.com with FLYLEAF CONTEST in the subject line and your name, address, and phone number in the body of the email.  Poems must be submitted before midnight, August 31, 2017.  The winner and runner-up will be invited to read for ten minutes at the Second Thursday event on Thursday, October 12.  For further information, contact the email address above.