West End Poetry Festival
CARRBORO RECREATION AND PARKS
100 NORTH GREENSBORO STREET
CARRBORO, NORTH CAROLINA 27510
PLEASE RUN DURING THE PERIOD OF: October 4- 15, 2016
CONTACT PERSON: Gary Phillips Garfield@blast.com
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The West End Poetry Festival, Carrboro’s premier poetry event, will be held Friday and Saturday, October 14 and 15. The festival features more than 20 poets, readings, discussions, a workshop, an open mic, and more. All parts of the festival are free and open to the public.
2016 marks the 11th anniversary of the founding of Carrboro’s poetry festival, and the festival will bring together poets of different styles, ages, races and ethnicities, and stages of development. An open mic Saturday at 4:30 pm provides for even more diversity.
The readings and receptions that kickoff the festival will be held at Flyleaf Books on Friday, October 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Kevin Boyle, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Debra Kaufman, and Katherine Soniat will each share their poetry, with time for mingling and book-signing before and after the readings.
Saturday, October 15, the festival continues at the Century Center in downtown Carrboro. At 12:00 noon, distinguished poet Michael McFee will lead a critique-based workshop. Drawing on submitted poems, McFee will focus on issues every poet wrestles, such as titles, first lines and openings, metaphorical language, line and stanza breaks, and last lines and conclusions.
McFee has taught poetry writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1990. He is the author of ten books of poetry—most recently That Was Oasis (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2012), a full-length collection, and The Smallest Talk (Bull City Press, 2007), a chapbook of one-line poem. His second collection of essays, Appointed Rounds, is forthcoming from Mercer University Press. In 2009, he received the James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South, from the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
At 1:30 pm, award-winning poet Allison Adelle Hedge Coke will read. In her most recent book, Streaming (published by Coffee House Press in 2014, longlisted for the 2015 PEN Open Book Award, and winner of the 2015 PEN Southwest Award for Poetry), she turns to her indigenous background to consider loss, memory, and the fate of the planet.
At 3:00 pm, poets Grey Brown, Krystin Gollihue, Vincent Kopp, Grace Ocasio, Calvin Olsen, and Jacinta White will share poems and provide perspectives on the interplay of healing and poetry.
At 4:30 pm, open mic begins. The stage opens for poets of all ages and experience. Those interested may sign up between 12:00 and 4:30 for a chance to read a single poem, no longer than three minutes.
At 6:00 pm, join the poets for a free dinner reception before the finale readings. Eat, drink, and visit with poets and poetry lovers.
At 7:00 pm Gary Phillips, the Carrboro poet laureate (newly appointed to a two-year term starting July 1, 2016), will read before accomplished poet Michael McFee closes the festival with a reading, leaving time for questions from the audience and signing books.
For more information, including the full schedule and participant bios, see www.westendpoetryfestival.org.