How to Participate

2020 Virtual Participation

We are developing several interactive means of attending and sharing your poetry in the 2020 West End Poetry Festival.

Virtual Curated Open Mic

  • Get your performance ready! We’ll be accepting YouTube links soon.

We are moving our “Curated Open Mic” online! While it will not be live, this event will be entirely online, and comprised of videos you share with us. We hope to include a range of poets—of different ages, professions, races and ethnicities, and stages of development.

IMPORTANT (if you want to get an early start)

  1. We only accept YouTube links
  2. Time limit: 5 minutes maximum (we love shorter poems!)
  3. Only one poem per poet
  4. We will release more information on applications for the event soon!

Community Poem (NEW!)

  • We would like to create a poem with you to publish on the West End Poetry Festival Website!
  • Stay tuned for how to participate.

Details are still in the works, so please check back soon to learn more!

Wonder how the West End Poetry Festival normally works?  

There are a variety of ways you can, in a typical year, participate in the West End Poetry Festival:

Attend the Festival

All events are free and open to the public—so please come for any or all of the festival. Check the schedule for details about what’s going on when and where, and find out more about the festival locations and free parking.

Exhibit at the Festival

If you’re interested in having a table at the festival on Saturday to promote your organization, contact A small fee to the Town of Carrboro and a short application are required. Most recent exhibitors have been local publishers of poetry books or journals, but we’re open to others participating as long as there’s a connection to poetry.

Sponsor the Festival

If you’re interested in sponsoring the festival financially and getting great exposure for yourself or your organization, contact