The Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, Southern Pines, NC
The North Carolina Poetry Society is an inclusive, welcoming community that does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, age, political preference, or any other category that has been used to divide human beings from each other and the natural world.  We value diverse voices and varieties of expression.
Join Us September 18, 10:00-2:00, for the NCPS Virtual Fall Membership Meeting

Help celebrate the winners of three North Carolina poetry competitions with a reading of their work. The triumphant poets include:

Winners of the NCPS Brockman-Campbell Book Award:
Dave Manning, Dannye Romine Powell, and Michael Gaspeny

Winners of the NCPS Lena Shull Book Award:
Anne Maren-Hogan for Vernacular, Joanne Durham for To Drink From a Wider Bowl, Bob Wickless for Energy and Stillness 

Winners of the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, sponsored by the NC Writers' Network:
S.L. Cockerille, Catherine CarterLucinda Trew

The day begins at 10:00 on Zoom (link below) with the award-winning poets. An open mic will follow—have your poem ready! Lunch break, from 12:00 to 1:00, includes optional social time to discuss the width and breath of poetry around the state. 

Our afternoon workshop, beginning at 1:00, will focus on strengthening poetic craft through line logic.

Regarding this workshop, Melissa Crowe writes, “In this session, we will explore the line as the poem’s primary unit of composition. We’ll pay attention to how skilled poets make choices about line length and line breaks, and we’ll have a look at the ways in which contemporary poets trouble or test convention, fiddling with a line's music and structure, perhaps discovering new ways to create tension and energy.”

Melissa Crowe is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and coordinator of the MFA program at UNCW. She is the author of Dear Terror, Dear Splendor (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019).

We are thrilled Melissa offered to lead this workshop for our members.
The afternoon session begins at 1 PM. You are free to join the meeting at that point or leave after the morning session.
Zoom link for both morning and afternoon sessions:
Join us for our Fall gathering. The day should be a lot of fun!

Poetry in Plain Sight Deadline Sept. 12

North Carolina Poetry Society is pleased to announce the Poetry In Plain Sight  program for 2022.  This unique community outreach connects poets, poetry, and new audiences in select cities across the state. The 2021 season, our most successful year to date, saw 260 entries by 92 North Carolina poets, including four of North Carolina’s living Poets Laureate.

Four poems are chosen for each of the twelve months and displayed on posters displayed in street-visible locations throughout arts districts, bookstores, and downtown areas in Winston-Salem, New Bern, Burnsville, Wilmington and Greenville.

September       Leslie  Rupracht     In Due Time, the Fall
  Kathy  Ackerman     The Sound of a Hen in Talons
  Alan Michael  Parker     When the Moon was a Boy
  Ross  White     In Praise of Improvisation
October Charles  Wheeler Security
  J.S.  Absher Slow
  Joan  Leotta Quilt
  Susan  Alff Grackles

Submissions to Poetry In Plain Sight 2022 are accepted through September 12, 2021, and open to poets who are current residents of North Carolina. 

Poetry In Plain Sight is a collaborative effort of the North Carolina Poetry Society, North Carolina Writers' Network, Winston-Salem Writers, and Press 53 of Winston-Salem.  Funding is through sponsorships and donations, and this year direct sales of our stock of vintage PIPS posters.

Submissions: Must be a current member of NCPS to apply.  Poets can submit only once in the submission cycle to  Format 1-3 poems into one document, doc or docx file type.  Mailed submissions will not be considered.  Although there is no limitation on theme or subject matter, all submissions should be suitable for public viewing.  

The judges for the 2022 poems will be Malaika King Albrecht, Scott Owens, and Crystal Simone Smith.  They will select 48 poems to be announced on the NCPS website in December 2021, along with other state sites.

Poets will receive 2 copies of their selected poem when printed through the year beginning in April.


Because poems are formatted specifically for public viewing, the following size limitations apply:
* no longer than 20 lines, including line breaks
* line length not to exceed 4-1/2 inches, 12-point type
* poems that have “breathing room” in their structure present the best; dense blocks of text do not
* your name may appear on the document
* previously published poems are acceptable, but it is the poet’s responsibility to provide the full and accurate name of the publication

Poetry In Plain Sight (PIPS)


Thanks to so many North Carolina poets, the NCPS Poetry In Plain Sight has been successful in reducing our cache of vintage poetry posters.  Our inventory of PIPS posters in January was over a 1000. The reserve is now around 650.  We sell more every month.

Poets and poetry lovers have purchased many posters and we have donated others to public schools in the state.  I have disposed of a few in poor condition so I can assure that you receive posters in good condition, some pristine. Remember, you can purchase any 2 posters for $10.00, plus additional posters (up to 8) for $1.00 each.  Please take a look at the inventory list attached, and contact me at

Here is the current inventory of poems:

We thank you for your support of PIPS and the North Carolina Poetry Society.

Sam Barbee

Please note this is scheduled as an in-store event. Quail Ridge Books is currently following the health and safety guidelines recommended by the CDC and state of North Carolina.

With contributing poets (pictured above, not in order) Jaki Shelton Green, Joseph Bathanti, David Potorti, Lenard Moore, Shelby Stephenson, Maureen Sherbondy, Joan Barasovska, Elisabeth Lewis Corley, John Balaban, and Michael Beadle

No matter how you were touched by the events of September 11, 2001, that moment continues to resonate. Crossing the Rift illuminates not only what happened that day, but what continues to challenge us twenty years later: Islamophobia, the vilification of refugees and asylum-seekers, nationalism, supercharged military budgets, and rises in virulent racism and domestic terrorism. Edited by former North Carolina poet laureate Joseph Bathanti and 911 family member and former literature and theater director for the North Carolina Arts Council David Potorti, Crossing the Rift takes head-on what Carolyn Forche calls “the poetry of witness” and its advocacy “for a shared sense of humanity and collective resistance.”


* NOTE: Price includes paperback copy of 'Crossing the Rift' with in-store pickup, one reserved seat, taxes + fees. $23.50
Event date:Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Melinda Thomsen's first full length collection of poems, Armature, will be out September 2021 from Hermit Feathers Press.  Armature was selected by Allison Joseph for the North Carolina Poetry Society's honorable mention in the 2019 Lena Shull Book Award Contest. Please visit Melinda's webpage for more information:  Thank you to the North Carolina Poetry Society & Angell Caudill for believing in these poems!
The following Open Mic/Zoom meetings are part of the #SparktheArts Initiative of the North Carolina Arts Council.

September Readings and Open Mics
Contact editors for inclusion in October and November calendars.
September 5, 3 PM: Poetrio at Malaprops Bookstore and Cafe, Asheville, NC  - Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets and hosted by poet Mildred Barya. In September we feature poets Marlon Fick, Allison Hutchcraft, and Renée Gregorio

September 7, 7 PM: Nexus Poets First Tuesday Poetry Series, New Bern, NC - featured reading and open mic. This is a Zoom-based and in-person event. C.J. Suitt is the featured poet for September.

September 8, 7:30 PM: City Soul Cafe Open Mic, Raleigh, NC - a poetry and spoken word event held at  the Transfer Co. Food Hall 500 East Davie Street Raleigh, NC.

September 29, 7 PM: Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic, Huntersville, NC - open mic at Waterbean Coffee located at NorthCross Shopping Center, Huntersville, NC

September 26, 2021, 4 PM: Lorax Poets Reading, Pittsboro, NC
Live reading outdoors at the Plant in Pittsboro, NC. Lorax Poets Paul Brown, Doug Lorie, Roxanne Henderson, and Joanie McLean will read from recent work. This is an outdoor event; lots of food and beverage options available.
Another Country: The Poetry of Disability and Illness
Virtual reading:

Sunday, October 10, 3:00 pm
Featuring poets Priscilla Webster-Williams, David Radavich, Joanie McLean,
Amir Rabiyah,
and Judith Ferster; hosted by Joan Barasovska 
Disability and illness are another country, one with its own language and culture. Whether they are visitors, newcomers, or have spent a lifetime there, these five poets write from lived experience. We invite you to join us for this unique virtual reading.

Be sure to mark your calendar and save the dates for the 2021 (Virtual) West End Poetry Festival! The United Poetry Service—celebrating the poetry in your life.   October 14-17, 2021.

For more information, visit: or email Susan Spalt at http:// <>.

Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series

Deadline November 15, 2021

The Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series links established poets in three regions of North Carolina with emerging poets, enabling the poets to develop and perfect their lyric craft.  Students in middle school, high school, and college, and adults not in school may apply to work with and mentor our Distinguished Poet during the winter months.

For 2021-22 our Distinguished Poets are Anna Lena Phillips Bell in the eastern region, Jessica Jacobs in the western region, and Grace Ocasio, our
new Distinguished Poet for the central region. Grace replaces Dasan Ahanu, who we thank for his dedicated service these past two years. Grace, an accomplished poet and active participant in the literary community, will serve from 2021-23.

Administering the program are Regional Coordinators Janis Harrington for the central region, Kelly Jones for the eastern region, and Caleb Beissert for the Western region. 

To apply for the program 
The upcoming deadline is November 15, 2021.

All middle school, high school, college or university students and any adult poet not currently enrolled in an academic program may apply. Neither adult nor student poets need to submit instructor recommendations; the application requirements are essentially the same.

2020 Gilbert-Chappell Anthology Now Available
The 2020 Gilbert-Chappell anthology, Witness: Appalachia to Hatteras, is now available, thanks to the dedicated work of Supermensch Kelly Jones, aka Gilbert-Chappell Coordinator of the Eastern Region.  Copies are available at and at other outlets in coming weeks.  Click here for a direct link to the fine poetry our Gilbert-Chappell poets have created in the past year.  Thanks so much, Kelly, for your efforts.

In spring 2021, the resulting poems will be presented at readings across the state. An anthology of these poems entitled Witness: Appalachia to Hatteras will be published by Saint Andrews University Press in late 2021. For brochure go to: 

For additional information, contact David Radavich, Administrator of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, at
Writers/South Awards & Journal
Submission Deadline December 1st

Writers/South Awards & Journal from Charlotte Center for Literary Arts ("Charlotte Lit”).
$10,000 in total prizes ($1500 first, $500 second, $250 third) plus publication in four categories: poetry (1-3 poems), fiction (4000 words), nonfiction (4000 words), and flash (500 words).
Open to current/past residents of NC, SC, GA, TN, VA. Submit Sept. 1 to Dec.1.
Poetry judges: Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs. Entry fee $15 includes print journal.
Guidelines and entry:

POETRY SUBMISSION CALENDAR – GRIFFINPOETRY.COM every week posts a new essay, photography, and poems by featured poets – over 100 poets are indexed on the site’s home page. In the past few weeks featured poets have included:

Joan Barasovska
Becky Gould Gibson
Robert Frost
Yusef Komunyakaa
Galway Kinnell
Denise Levertov
Bill Griffin
Ross Gay

Wondering where to submit your poems for publication? Bill Griffin invites you to share the latest update of the submissions calendar he has compiled over the past several years:

The table lists over 130 journals and contests, with a web address or other contact information. It indicates by month when submissions open and close. This helpful resource is available as a .PDF for download from

Bill frequently adds to the table and posts an updated version two or three times a year. Bill requests: If you find any information in the table that has changed or is incorrect please let me know! And please send me your own favored journal information for me to add to the next update! 

Take a poem, new or old, that doesn’t please you, and try an experiment. If your poem is
written in stanzas, compress it into one stanza to see what you’ve got. Does the meaning change?  Is the poem demanding a different format? A different direction?

If it’s already compressed, or if the stanzas are longish, break the lines into couplets, tercets, quatrains, quintains, or even monostiches (one-line stanzas)—you get the idea—to see what happens. Lines become exposed that had been buried. Perhaps they deserve revision or can disappear. Maybe a stanza or a line can find its place elsewhere and the difference renews the poem.

Consider your poem a deck of cards you alone can deal. Stack the lines, spread them out, shift them around, and survey the possibilities!

Joan Barasovska

Vitality. Fellowship. Healing. These are the qualities the arts spark, and they are what North Carolina needs to rebuild its economy and emerge resiliently from the pandemic. This is why the North Carolina Arts Council created Spark the Arts.   Arts organizations of all sorts may download the pdf here:  http://SparkTheArts_Logo_Guide.pdf

SPARK THE ARTS is an awareness campaign designed to inspire public participation in the arts -- includiong poetry events -- across North Carolina by highlighting the unique way the arts lift spirits, bring people together, and heal. Our goal is to ignite the resurgence of North Carolina’s arts sector from the pandemic by connecting residents and visitors to arts experiences and arts stories across our state.

The hashtag #SparkTheArtsNC hashtag promotes in-person arts events now. In-person poetry events, even those that are ZOOMED simultaneously, are invited to use the logos and the hashtag.

In Memoriam

Jack Hirschman (1933 - 2021)

There's a happiness, a joy 
in one soul, that's been 
buried alive in everyone 
and forgotten.

Excerpt from Happiness by Jack Hirschman
If you are an NCPS member in good standing and would like your free copy of Pinesong 2021 with this year's winning poems, write to Joan at No charge for mailing.
NCPS Dues Scholarship Program
A member or potential new member can write to Joan Barasovska, Sr. VP of Membership, at to ask about obtaining a dues scholarship. Scholarships are funded by member donations. Confidentiality is central to this program. If you are on a limited income and paying NCPS dues presents a hardship, or you know a poet who would benefit from joining but is held back by tight finances, please write to Joan at If you are interested in being added to the list of dues sponsors, write to Bill Griffin, You would not be asked to pay until a scholarship is requested.
Yearly NCPS Dues Reminder

Quarterly meetings, readings, workshops, contests, fellowships, publications, and collaborations keep the North Carolina poetry community connected and vibrant. We invite you to renew your involvement and take advantage of all that the NCPS offers its members. During this season of online meetings and readings we have continued our quarterly meetings on Zoom, allowing members from all locations to attend virtually.

There are two ways to pay the $30 annual dues ($10 for students): Pay by check (for mailing address click on link below for downloadable form). PayPal, either in a one-time payment (no need for a PayPal account to use your credit card) or the easy option of an automatic annual payment with a PayPal account.

Here is the link to the NCPS website Membership page. Please explore the entire website and see what’s new!

While dues were once paid in May, we have converted to a simpler rolling system. The day your payment to renew membership is recorded will become your new due date the following year. 

If you have questions about membership, please write to Joan Barasovska at

Special thanks to Jonathan Giles for making this issue of eMuse possible and for recruiting Paul Jones for this month's selection.

She Walks in Beauty


She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that’s best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

Thus mellowed to that tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,

Had half impaired the nameless grace

Which waves in every raven tress,

Or softly lightens o’er her face;

Where thoughts serenely sweet express,

How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,

So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,

The smiles that win, the tints that glow,

But tell of days in goodness spent,

A mind at peace with all below,

A heart whose love is innocent!


poem is in the public domain

New members and friends of the North Carolina Poetry Society may not know the history of the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines and our long association. For many years, the NCPS has held its quarterly membership meetings, poetry readings, and award ceremonies at the Weymouth Center.  The Weymouth Center has been closed during the COVID-19 epidemic, and NCPS meetings are currently being held via ZOOM. The Board is talking with Weymouth Center leadership regarding future in-person meetings. Future notices will appear in eMuse.

The Weymouth Center is a Georgian manor & former home of James & Katharine Boyd, notable figures in Southern Pines. Committed to literature, music, art & conservation, Weymouth hosts concerts & readings, and is dedicated to the preservation of its gardens & grounds. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was built in 1920 by the Boyds. Weymouth is surrounded by 21 acres and a beautiful garden. The property was the original home of the Moore County Hounds, which was founded by James and Jackson Boyd in 1914, and continues today.

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