If you have questions about the festival after reading
the information below, please contact
Susan Spalt (email@example.com, 919-818-0687),
Celisa Steele (firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-451-0075).
Friday, October 18,
2013 | Flyleaf
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Celebration with Readings and Reception |
to 8:30 pm | facilitated
by Celisa Steele
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and wine and time to socialize
before and after readings by five poets. Buy books to
have the poets sign.
19, 2013 | Century
Hall -Century Center |
noon to 8:30 pm
Nature and Poetry |
noon to 1:15 pm |
facilitated by Jay Bryan
Nature-landscape and seasons and flora and fauna-has
long been the stuff of poets, some of whom specialize
and others who turn occasionally to the world around
us. A panel of poets will read from their own work and
discuss their views of the relationship between poetry
Music and Poetry
| 1:30 to 2:45 pm| facilitated
by Gary Phillips
Poetry is inherently musical and manifests its music
in many forms, from strict metrics to spoken word to
poems that rhapsodize songs and musicians. This group
of poets will talk about music and poetry, drawing on
their own work as example.
Athony S. Abbott
Kiran Singh Sirah
| 3:00 to 4:15 pm | facilitated
by Susan Spalt
Gabrielle Calvocoressi is a poet and essayist whose
most recent book, Apocalyptic Swing, was a finalist
for The Los Angeles Times Book Award. In the fall of
2013, she joined the creative writing faculty at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. All are
welcome to attend this open workshop where this talented
poet and teacher will mix lecture with suggestions for
Open Mic | 4:30
to 5:45 pm
"If you would like a chance to read at open mic,
sign up at the festival Saturday between noon and 4:15
pm by writing your name on a slip of paper and putting
it in the designated bowl. Names will be drawn at random
from the bowl, and we'll fit in as many poets as we
can during 75 minutes. Each poet is limited to 5 minutes.
You may read for less time; you may not read for more.
When you hear the timer go off, please stop-yes, unfortunately,
even if you are mid-poem."
| 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Eat, drink, and visit with poets.
Finale | 7:00 to 8:30 pm
The new Carrboro poet laureate, Celisa Steele, will
read briefly before Gabrielle Calvocoressi, the Walker
Percy Fellow in Poetry at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill, closes the festival, reading from her
own work and leaving time for questions from the audience.
poet and novelist Anthony S. Abbott is the author
of five books of poetry, including the Pulitzer-nominated
The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat. His newest poetry
book, If Words Could Save Us, received the 2012
Brockman-Campbell Award. Tony joined Davidson College
in 1964, where he chaired the English Department from
1989 to 1996. Tony's poems have appeared in numerous magazines
and journals including New England Review, Southern
Poetry Review, St. Andrews Review, Pembroke, Tar River
Poetry, Theology Today, and The Anglican Theological
Anthony S. Abbott
Jay Bryan lives in Orange County, North Carolina,
with his wife, horses, guineas, dogs, a cat, and a cockatiel.
He is the outgoing poet laureate of Carrboro. With the
Carrboro Arts Committee, he helped to establish the Carrboro
Poets Council, on which he currently serves. For 15 years
he has coordinated poetry readings on Carrboro Day for
the town's celebration of its residents and their gifts.
He compiled and edited the Carrboro 100th Birthday Poetry
Anthology (2011). His chapbook Selected Poems was
published in June 2013 by Finishing Line Press. Other
poems have been published in Blink, they wrote us a
poem VII and VIII (Health Arts Network at Duke), Ecozoic
Reader, Legal Studies Forum, Haibun Today, Cowboy Poetry,
and Stone House, an anthology of haiku from Bolin
Gabrielle Calvocoressi is a poet and essayist whose
most recent book, Apocalyptic Swing, was a finalist for
The Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her poems have
been featured in The New York Time, Boston Review,
The Washington Post, Garrison Keillor's Poet's Almanac,
and numerous journals. She writes the Sports Desk column
for The Best American Poetry blog and is on the
advisory board of The Rumpus' Poetry Book Club. She is
the Senior Poetry Editor for The Los Angeles Review
of Books. In the fall of 2013 she joined the creative
writing faculty in the renowned English Department at
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Michael Chitwood is a free-lance
writer and teaches at the University of North Carolina.
His poetry and fiction have appeared The Atlantic
Monthly, Poetry, The New Republic, Threepenny Review,
Virginia Quarterly Review, Field, The Georgia Review,
and numerous other journals. Ohio Review Books has published
two books of his poetry-Salt Works (1992) and
Whet (1995). His third book, The Weave Room,
was published by The University of Chicago Press in
the Phoenix Poets series (1998). His collection of essays,
Hitting Below the Bible Belt, was published by
Down Home Press in 1998. Gospel Road Going, a
collection of poems about his native Appalachia, was
published in 2002 and was awarded the 2003 Roanoke-Chowan
Prize for Poetry. In 2006, he published a collection
of essays and short stories called Finishing Touches.
His collection of poetry From Whence was released
in March 2007 from Louisiana State University Press.
Tupelo Press published his book Spill in October
of 2007. Spill was named as a finalist for ForeWord
magazine's poetry book of the year and won the 2008
Roanoke-Chowan Prize. His most recent collection, Poor-Mouth
Jubilee (Tupelo Press, 2010), was also named a ForeWord
Beth Copeland grew up in Japan, India, and North Carolina,
and her poems reflect a fusion between Eastern and Western
themes and sensibilities. Her second book, Transcendental
Telemarketer (BlazeVOX Books, 2012), took second place
in the Poetry Council of North Carolina's 2013 Oscar Arnold
Young Award for best poetry book by a North Carolina writer.
Her first book, Traveling through Glass, received
the 1999 Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Award. Two of her
poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Beth is
an English instructor at Methodist University in Fayetteville.
She lives with her husband, Phil Rech, in a log cabin
in Gibson, North Carolina.
Ralph Earle has taught poetry at the ArtsCenter and
UNC, as well as Central Carolina Technical College, where
he currently offers two courses a year. He helped found
the North Carolina Writers Network and served on its first
board of directors. His poems have been published in The
Sun and The Carolina Quarterly, among other
places, and he has won awards from the North Carolina
Poetry Society, The Independent, and The Main
Street Rag. He lives in the forest in Chatham County
and documents software for IBM.
Skylar Gudasz is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter,
actress, and poet who has travelled internationally with
the band Big Star's Third and released two acclaimed albums
with her former project the Ugly Girls. Skylar graduated
from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in dramatic art and creative
writing with a poetry focus in summer of 2009. While there,
she received the Suzanne Bolch Award for Creative Writing.
Skylar has played solo and with a number of different
groups at festivals all over the world, including SXSW,
Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Summerstage in NYC, Hopscotch
Music Festival in Raleigh, and the Americana Music Fest
in Nashville. She sings and plays the flute, piano, and
guitar and is currently recording and writing with the
new supergroup Spooky Woods and working with producer
Chris Stamey on her debut solo album of original songs,
Oleander, to be released in 2014.
Joan McLean is a self-employed ecologist living
in Silk Hope, a small farming community in central North
Carolina. She holds degrees in botany and wetland ecology
from UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University, respectively.
She has published two chapbooks, Up From Dust (2009)
and Place (2011). Her poems have received several
awards, including a McDill Award from the North Carolina
Poetry Society, a Poetry Council of North Carolina Award,
two first prizes in the Fields of Earth poetry competition,
and having two poems as finalists for the James Applewhite
Competition with the North Carolina Literary Review.
Her work has appeared recently in the journals Reed
Magazine, THEMA, Xanadu, and Third Wednesday,
Lenard D. Moore, a North Carolina native, is the founder
and executive director of the Carolina African American
Writers' Collective and co-founder of the Washington Street
Writers Group. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared
in over 400 publications, such as Callaloo, Prairie
Schooner, and Crab Orchard Review. He is the author
of The Open Eye (NC Haiku Society Press, 1985),
Forever Home (St. Andrews College Press, 1992),
Desert Storm: A Brief History (Los Hombres Press,
1993) and A Temple Looming (WordTech Editions,
2008). Lenard has taught workshops, served on literary
panels, and given hundreds of readings at schools, festivals,
colleges and universities. He has received many awards,
among them the Sam Ragan Award in the Fine Arts and the
Raleigh Medal of Arts for Lifetime Achievement. He has
taught at North Carolina State University, North Carolina
A&T State University, and Shaw University. Currently,
Lenard teaches at Mount Olive College.
Lenard D. Moore
Claudine R. Moreau
R. Moreau moonlights as a poet and teaches physics
and astronomy at Elon University by day. Dark Machines,
her first chapbook, was published in 2012. She won The
Pinch Literary Award for poetry in 2011. Her work has
surfaced in Spaces, Tar River Poetry, 34th Parallel,
PANK, Neon Magazine, Iodine Poetry Journal, The Pinch,
Phillips is a writer, naturalist, and entrepreneur.
He has a special interest and expertise in conservation
easements and other land-protective strategies. Gary co-founded
Weaver Street Realty in Carrboro over a quarter of a century
ago. He lives in a rammed-earth house with his wife, Ilana
Dubester. Gary writes poetry, reads anthropological science
fiction, studies amphibian activities on full-moon nights,
and was once chair of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners.
Gary is a member of the Carrboro Poets Council.
PippinTasha Pippin works in book production at Carolina
Academic Press and is the coordinating editor and bit-of-everything-else
at Raleigh Review Literary & Arts Magazine.
She is a recent MFA graduate of North Carolina State University,
where she taught poetry and creative writing. Her poem
"At the Funeral" won first place in a statewide
poetry contest in 2012. Her most recent publications are
in Tar River Poetry, Cider Press Review, and Broadkill
Review. She lives and writes in Raleigh.
Starr Seward is a National Poetry Slam Champion
(2008), Southern Fried Poetry Slam Finalist (2008), and
is currently ranked amongst the top 20 female performance
poets in the world (WoWPS, 2013). As a facilitator for
Sacrificial Poets, her mission is to guide the youth toward
inspiration by showing them the power of their own voice
and instilling them with the confidence to use it. Starr
is currently a service member with the North Carolina
Shabazz is a poet, writer, and teaching artist. He
is the author of three poetry collections: Freestyle
and Visitation, XYZoom, and Flames in the Fire.
He is also the author of a novel in verse, When the
Grass Was Blue. Shabazz has been an activist, a publisher,
and a community organizer at the grassroots level. He
became Duke University's third Artist-in-Residence at
the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture. While
at Duke, Shabazz organized a student art collective and
was a founding member of Spirit-House, a community service
organization. Currently he leads creative writing and
poetry workshops at schools, libraries, universities,
correctional facilities, and cultural centers throughout
Shapiro is author of eleven books of poetry (most
recently Night of the Republic, a finalist for
both the National Book Award and The Griffin Prize) and
four books of prose (most recently Broadway Baby,
a novel from Algonquin Books). He's won numerous awards,
including The Kingsley Tufts Award, LA Times Book Prize,
an award in literature from The American Academy of Arts
and Letters, two NEAs, a Guggenheim, and a Lila Wallace
Reader's Digest Award. He is also a member of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences. His new book of poems,
Reel to Reel, will appear in April 2014, from University
of Chicago Press.
Singh Sirah is a poet, folklorist, curator, and teacher,
whose work encompasses award-winning national and international
arts and cultural and human rights programs. Kiran has
delivered slam poems at Edinburgh's International Arts
festival, in UK slam competitions, at anti-war and anti-fracking
demonstrations, on the street corners of New York City,
in support of Occupy, and on subway trains keep the peace
from soccer-related sectarian violence in his home city
of Glasgow. Last year Kiran was invited to give a keynote
slam poetry address at the United Nations. Kiran came
to the US from Scotland as a Rotary World Peace Fellow
where as a folklorist, he emphasizes his interest in "the
power of human creativity, arts, and social justice, and
the notion of a truly multicultural society."
Kiran Singh Sirah
Spalt's poems have appeared in Carrboro's 100th
Birthday Poetry Anthology, Pinesong (North Carolina
Poetry Society), Bay Leaves (Poetry Council of
North Carolina), and Mistletoe Madness (Kind of
a Hurricane Press). Susan is one of four poets published
in Carrboro Poetica (Old Mountain Press, 2012).
Her poem "Carrboro Rocks" was set to music by
Billy Sugerfix to celebrate Carrboro's 100th anniversary.
She is a member of the Carrboro Poets Council.
Celisa Steele's poems have appeared or are forthcoming
in Anglican Theological Review, The Comstock
Review, Inch, and others and won the Broad River
Review 2011 Rash Award in Poetry, The South Carolina
Review's 2009-2010 Poetry Contest, the 2010 Nâz?m
Hikmet Poetry Competition, one of two honorable mentions
in Salem College's 2012 Rita Dove Poetry Award, and other
recognition. In 2011, Emrys Press published her first
book, How Language Is Lost. Celisa serves on the
Carrboro Poets Council.
Pamela L. Taylor
Pamela L. Taylor is a data guru by day and a poet
by night. She has a doctorate in social psychology from
UCLA and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine
Arts and is a Cave Canem Fellow. Her work has appeared
in print in The Best of the Fuquay-Varina Reading Series
2012 (Main Street Rag, 2012),
and love: Poetry
Anthology (Jacar Press, 2012), and Sou'wester Literary
Journal, as well as online at Backbone Press, Mused:
The BellaOnline Literary Review, and Pedestal Magazine.
Her blog, www.poetsdoublelife.com, is geared toward poets
with non-literary careers. For the past four years, she
has co-organized Living Poetry, a group that organizes
and promotes poetry events throughout the Triangle. When
she's not working or writing, Pamela dances Argentine
Iris Tillman grew up in Brooklyn and received her
BA magna cum laude from Smith College and MA in English
Literature from Brown. As an undergraduate she published
poems and a chapter from her thesis on Shakespeare's sonnets
in The Grecourt Review and won poetry prizes. After
working as an acquisitions editor in scholarly publishing
at university presses in Austin, TX, Athens, GA, and Chapel
Hill, NC, she became the founding executive director of
the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University.
Now retired, she works as an editorial consultant, coediting
with Tom Rankin the CDS series Documentary Arts and
Culture (CDS/UNC Press), and writes poetry. Her poems
have appeared in Tar River Poetry, drafthorse, And
Love (a Jacar Press anthology), and Women's Studies:
An Interdisciplinary Journal and are forthcoming in
Generations and The Broadkill Review. She was a
winner in the fourth annual Nâz?m Hikmet Poetry
Festival, and her poems are included in the festival's
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