Carrboro’s Premier Poetry Event

Join us for online and outdoor events for our 2021 Festival

The West End Poetry Festival has changed formats to help keep both poetry alive and our poets safe. 

Join us online October 15 & 16, for interactive and asynchronous events celebrating “The United Poetry Service: Poetry of the People.”

Friday 10/15, 7–8:30pm ET Zoom Poetry Writing Workshop

Join us for an online poetry workshop

In this interactive workshop, take your poetry to the next level with a guest instructor. In 2020, we had Chapel Hill Poet Laureate CJ Suitt lead us through prompts to unlock our potential and learn about each other. Guest poet for 2021 to be announced soon.

Interested? View the 2020 WORKSHOP VIDEO
Group poem: Why Do I Write?  ~  Group chat

Saturday 10/16, 3–4:45pm ET Poetry in the Round

  • Join us at the Carrboro Town Commons for an open mic, featuring YOU!
  • Former Carrboro Poet Laureate Gary Phillips will host as we share one poem per person as we travel around the poet’s circle.
  • All activities will be outdoors and masking is requested to keep all of our poets safe.

Saturday 10/16, 4:45pm ET Community Poem debuts on Festival Website

  • Last year we debuted the chance for our community to participate in writing a collective poem. This year, we’ve brought it back.
  • Read the 2020 Festival version of the community poem, Edited by Elly Bookman
  • Instructions about how to participate in this year’s poem will be online October 1, 2021.

Saturday 10/16, 5–6:45pm ET Featured Poets Reading

  • William Davis, former Poet Laureate of Hillsborough
  • Patrick Herron, Carrboro Poetry Festival Founder, former Poet Laureate of Carrboro
  • Fred Joiner, Poet Laureate of Carrboro
  • Gary Phillips, former Poet Laureate of Carrboro
  • Celisa Steele, former Poet Laureate of Carrboro
  • CJ Suitt, Poet Laureate of Chapel Hill
  • Gideon Young, Host, Poets Council Member

See you in October!