Schedule of Events

Photo sourced from The West End Poetry Festival expands to four days in 2019, running October 16 through 19—Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings and Saturday afternoon and evening. All events are free and open to the public. Featured on the home page is poet Lejuane Bowens, set to present at the curated open mic. This year’s theme- The Citizen Poet: Work and Reconciliation. You don’t want to miss out.

For information about the locations and free parking, see our Getting to the Festival page.


Wednesday, October 16 | starts at 6:30 pm | Johnny’s on West Main St.

The first night of the festival features a poets’ reception (open to all), poetry readings, and an ice cream social. There will be time for socializing and connecting with this year’s participants. Carrboro’s Poets Council will read including:

Thursday, October 17 | starts at 6:30 pm | Cat’s Cradle Back Room

The second evening will host a curated open mic featuring 20-30 poets. These poets come from diverse regions, cultural backgrounds, and ideologies. Are you ready for beautiful readings from outstanding poets? Participants include the following:

Friday, October 18 | starts at 6:30 | Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill 

Saturday, October 19 | Noon to 8:30 pm | The Century Center in Downtown Carrboro & 2nd Wind

Saturday, October 19

The Century Center

1:00 – 1:45 pm: Introduction and reading by Fred Joiner

1:45 – 2:00 pm: Break

2:00 – 3:00 pm: Poetry workshop by Jonathan Farmer

3:00 – 3:15 pm: Break

3:15 – 3:45 pm: Vendor Showcase—Listen to publishers read a poem from one of their featured books

3:45 – 4:15 pm: Break—Mingle with vendors and check out their books

4:15 – 5:00 pm: Reading by Alison Rollins

5:00 – 5:45 pm: Mingle/wine/snacks—Book signing, meet with poets, celebrate the day

2nd Wind pm: (New This Year!)

6:00 – 9:00 pm: Open Mic Afterparty hosted by CJ Suitt and the Sacrificial Poets