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INFUSING CEREMONY WITH CELEBRATION
POETRY WITH LIGHT, SOUL AND SOUND
 NCPS 90th Anniversary Celebration — 1932 – 2022
We begin 2022 by launching a yearlong celebration of nine decades of  supporting and valuing what poets bring to the culture of North Carolina. We  honor the immeasurable contribution that poetry makes to our lives. With great joy and gratitude, we thank you in advance for participating in this yearlong celebration of our history and future. Use the link below if you have a favorite anecdote or image documenting your experience with NCPS. 
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.
Happy New Year!
Overview of 2022 Programming and Events

This year the North Carolina Poetry Society celebrates the 90th anniversary of its founding in 1932. It will be an exciting year, filled with a wide range of poetic expressions and experiences. Dates, times, topics, and locations, including ZOOM Meetings with or without breakout rooms, and hybrid or in-person meetings with health protocols will be forthcoming in the monthly eMuse, in Pine Whispers, and on the NCPS website.  https://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/events/
 
For 2022 and 2023, NCPS programs will explore craft: forms, titles and endings, revision, compression, and more. Other topics we hope to offer include influence, ekphrastic poetry, poets as lyricists and songwriters, spiritual poetry, and poetic inspiration. In March 2022, our meeting will feature a program titled Conservation and the Environment with Bill Griffin, Michael Beadle and Pat Riviere-Seel.
 
Throughout the year, expect us to tie important national events to poets and poems that reflect our nation’s diverse heritage and cultures. To quote the mission statement of the Split This Rock Poetry Festival held in Washington, DC, NCPS will explore and celebrate “...the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for change: reaching across differences, considering personal and social responsibility, asserting the centrality of the right to free speech, bearing witness to the diversity and complexity of human experience through language, imagining a better world.”

Your ideas, know-how and insight are valuable. If you want to assist in meeting planning, special programs, or small group workshops, please email lyndarushmyers@gmail.com.
 
Lynda Rush-Myers
VP of Programming, NC Poetry Society
Meet the Poets: Poetry of Provocation and Witness
North Carolina Poetry Society Meeting
Jan 22, 2022 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86318236051


DAVID RADAVICHDavid Radavich
David will facilitate the morning and afternoon readings.
 
David Radavich chairs the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series and is the NCPS Website Manager. He is a poet and playwright committed to social justice. His books include Slain Species (Court Poetry, London, 1980), By the Way: Poems over the Years (Buttonwood, 1998), and Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2000).

David serves on the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Writers' Club. He is a past President of the North Carolina Poetry Society. He is a recent president of The Thomas Wolfe Society and poetry editor of Deus Loci.


 
 
Destiny Hemphill
DESTINY HEMPHILL
Destiny Hemphill is a poet and healer based in Durham, North Carolina. She was recently appointed the coordinating curator of community engagement, a newly created position at the Weatherspoon Museum at UNC Greensboro. Previously, she was a instructor of creative writing at North Carolina State University. Hemphill is the author of the chapbook Oracle: A Cosmology (Honeysuckle Press, 2018), which was a finalist for Honeysuckle Press’s inaugural chapbook prize. In 2021 she served as a Pedagogy Lab fellow at the Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies.

Hemphill is a 2017 Callaloo Fellow and a 2016 Amiri Baraka Scholar at Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program. Her work has been featured in Narrative Northeast, The Wanderer, Winter Tangerine, Scalawag, and elsewhere. Hemphill was also a remote Poetry Coalition fellow (2020–2021) at Split This Rock in Washington, D.C.


 



HANNAH VANDERHART 
Hannah VanderHart lives in Durham, NC. She has her MFA from George Mason University, and recently completed her dissertation on gender and collaboration poetics in the seventeenth century at Duke University. She has poems and reviews published at The McNeese Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, The Greensboro Review, American Poetry Review, The Indianapolis Review, storySouth and Poetry Northwest. Her chapbook, HANDS LIKE BIRDS, is forthcoming from Ethel Zine Press, and her first book of poetry, WHAT PECAN LIGHT, was released in the Spring of 2021 by Bull City Press.



 

LENARD DUANE MOORE

Lenard Duane Moore born 
Lenard D. Moorein Jacksonville, North Carolina. He is a writer of more than 20 forms of poetry, drama, essays, and literary criticism, and has been writing and publishing haiku for more than 20 years. He served as editor of All the Songs We Sing: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Carolina African American Writers' Collective, published in 2020 .

In 2008, Moore became the first Southerner and the first African American to be elected as president of the Haiku Society of America. He is executive chairman of the North Carolina Haiku Society, founder and executive director of the Carolina African American Writers' Collective, and cofounder of Washington Street Writers' Group. He has won the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award for his contribution to the fine arts of North Carolina. He is Executive Chairman of the North Carolina Haiku Society. He has taught at North Carolina State University (Raleigh), North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro), and Enloe High School. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he teaches English and world literature at Shaw University. He also is Writer-in-Residence for the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. He has lived in South Carolina, Virginia, California, and Germany. He is working on two poetry collections, a novel, short stories, a play, and literary criticism.


 
SHANNON C. WARDShannon Ward

Shannon C. Ward was raised in a renovated slaughterhouse on the outskirts of Wilmington, Ohio. Shannon is the author of the chapbook Blood Creek. She is a recipient of the 2020 Inez Easley Educator of the Year Award from the Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission, Americas 2016 Foley Poetry Prize, the 2016 Prize in Southern Poetry from White Oak Kitchen, and a 2013 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize. Her work has received generous support from Willapa Bay AiR, Yaddo, Norton Island, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and the Anderson Center. She received her MFA in poetry from The North Carolina State University in 2009, and her work has appeared in New Ohio Review, Great River Review, Tar River Poetry, and other publications. She is the executive editor of Longleaf Press.


 

SHEILA SMITH MCKOYShelia Smith McKoy

Sheila Smith McKoy, PhD, is founder and principal of Smith McKoy and Associates. A poet, literary critic, fiction writer and documentary filmmaker, she also works in Humanities Bioethics. Smith McKoy received a Bachelor of Arts in English from North Carolina State University, her Master of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her PhD from Duke University. Her critical and creative work has appeared in numerous publications including the critically acclaimed Schomburg Series, African American Women Writers 1910 – 1940, Black Gold, Callaloo, Contours, Journal of Ethnic American Literature, Mythium, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Research for African Literatures, and Valley Voices, All the Songs We Sing, Infinite Worlds, and The Comstock Review. She is also co-author of One Windows Light: African American Haiku (Unicorn Press, 2017) an award-winning collection written by five Black poets. Her poem, Their Childrens Children,” garnered her the 2020 Muriel Craft Bailey Poetry Prize in 2020. Her collection, The Bones Beneath, was selected as a finalist in the 2022  Press 53 Award for Poetry competition, though she is seeking a publisher for the collection. 
 
Prior to becoming a consultant, she was a higher education administrator and tenured faculty member at several universities. With over thirty yearsexperience working in Higher Education, Dr. Smith McKoy most recently served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Holy Names University. A proud native of Raleigh, NC, she lives in Oakland, CA. 


ASHLEY LUMPKINAshley Lumpkin

Ashley Lumpkin is a Georgia-raised, Carolina-based writer, editor, actor, and educator. She is the author of five poetry collections: {} At First Sight, Second Glance, Terrorism and Other Topics for Tea, #AshleyLumpkin, and Genesis. Her book "I Hate You All Equally" is a collection of conversations from her years as a classroom teacher. A lover of performance as well as the written word, she has been a competing member of the Bull City Slam Team since 2015 and currently serves as its assistant coach.



 

 
North Carolina Poetry Society Meeting 
Poetry of Provocation and Witness
Time: Jan 22, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86318236051

Zoom room will open at 9:45 AM. Attendees are welcome to come in early.
A brief question and answer period will follow after each poet reads. 

Welcome and Business Meeting
10:00-10:10 Celestine Davis, NCPS President

Announcements and Program Introductions
10:10-10:20  Lynda Rush-Myers, VP of Programming

Tribute to David Treadway Manning
10:20-10:45
Celestine Davis
Shannon Ward
Bill Griffin 

Morning Program
10:45 AM-11:25 AM

Overview and Introduction
David Radavich, Moderator

Readers: Destiny Hemphill, Hannah VanderHart, Lenard Moore
 
Open Mic (have a poem handy)
11:25-12:00 
 
Lunch
Eat & chat with us
12:00 -1:00 PM
 
Afternoon Program  
1:00 -1:55 pm

Introduction
Davis Radavich, Moderator

Readers: Shannon Ward, Sheila Smith McKoy, Ashley Lumpkin

Brief closing remarks and announcements
1:55:-2:00 PM

North Carolina Poetry Society
 2022 Brockman-Campbell Book Award Competition
Opens January 1, 2022

Old fashioned typewriter
 

The contest is open to poets who published a book-length volume of poetry in 2021. Entrants must be native-born North Carolinians or current residents who have lived in North Carolina for at least three years at the time of their book’s publication. An entry must be a first edition by a single author. It must contain 20 or more pages of poetry, and it must have a 2021 copyright date. Poets may submit their own books, or publishers may submit books on behalf of the poets. Visit our website for full details. https://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/bcaward/


The deadline for entering is May 1, 2022. Members of the North Carolina Poetry Society pay $10.00 to enter; non-members pay $20.00. Multiple entries are allowed, but a separate fee is required for each entry. Make checks payable to the NCPS and include them with each entry.

A cash prize of $200 will be presented to one winner only. The winner and the recipients of any honorable mentions will be invited to read at the fall meeting of the NCPS in 2022. Mail contest entries to: Earl Huband, 3814 Hulon Drive, Durham, NC. If you wish to be notified of the receipt of an entry, include an email address or a self-addressed, stamped postcard. Also, to receive notification of the contest results, please include an email address or a SASE.

The 2021 Brockman-Campbell Award was won by Dave Manning for Sailing the Bright Stream: New & Selected Poems.Two books were recognized for Honorable Mention: In the Sunroom with Raymond Carver by Dannye Romine Powell, and The Tyranny of Questions by Michael Gaspeny. Visit our website for a list of previous winners. 
2021 NCPS STUDENT POETRY CONTESTS
Typewriter: Words Have Power

The period for submissions by student poets from 3rd grade to university undergraduates attending schools in North Carolina began on September 1st, 2021 and closes February 1st, 2022.  To download an entry form, click here.  All entries must be postmarked by February 1, 2022.

The Travis Tuck Jordan Award
Endowed by Dorothy and Oscar Pederson for students in Grades 3 — 5.
The Joan Scott Memorial Award
Endowed by contributions in memory of Joan Scott and by the Board of the NC Poetry Society for poems about the environment for students in Grades 5 — 9.
The Mary Chilton Award
Sponsored by Tori Reynolds for students in Grades 6 — 9.
The Sherry Pruitt Award
Endowed by Gail Peck for students in Grades 10 — Undergraduate.

All poems may be in any form, but may not exceed 32 lines per poem, including line breaks within the poem.  No copies will be returned.
Please DO NOT add pictures or images with your poem. Poems do not need to be centered on the page; they can be written flush left.
For more details: https://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/studentcontests/
 


Don't forget! There's still time to enter the North Carolina Poetry Society's Adult Contests 

Submission Period: November 3, 2021 to January 12, 2022

Visit the Adult Contests page on the NCPS website to read the complete submission details.
https://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/adultcontests/

  • Poet Laureate Award
  • Alice Osborn Award
  • Carol Bessent Hayman Poetry of Love Award
  • Katherine Kennedy McIntyre Light Verse Award
  • Mary Ruffin Poole American Heritage Award
  • Poetry of Courage Award
  • Bruce Lader Poetry of Witness Award
  • Bloodroot Haiku Award
  • Joanna Catherine Scott Award
  • Thomas H. McDill Award

All submissions will be judged blind: the judges will not know the identity of the poems’ authors.

POETRY SUBMISSION CALENDAR AT GRIFFINPOETRY.COM

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: https://griffinpoetry.com/2021/08/23/update-sub-cal-2021-08/

The table lists over 160 journals and contests, with a web address or other contact information, and indicates by month when submissions open and close. It is available as a .PDF for download from GriffinPoetry.com. See link above.

Every week GriffinPoetry.com posts a new micro-essay, photographs, 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:

            Stan Absher
            Jack Coulehan
            Jaki Shelton Green
            Shelby Stephenson
            Joseph Bathanti
            Crystal Simone Smith
            Nathaniel Perry
            Maryann Corbett
            Cathryn Essinger
            
Also featured is a “how to” post about publishing poetry on a WordPress site.

Bill frequently adds to the submissions calendar 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 Bill know! And please send Bill your own favored journal information for him to add to the next update!
Readings, Workshops and Forthcoming Events
Please submit your events and workshops for eMuse for February 2022 by January 15th to newsletter@ncpoetrysociety.org.      

Pat Riviere-Seel
Featured Poet for January
 Tuesday, January 4th, 7:00 pm
includes open mic

This hybrid event will be live on Zoom and face-to-face at the Universal Unitarian Church Fellowship at 308 Meadows Street in New Bern, NC. Get on their email list to receive the link and get on the open mic list by contacting them at Nexus@NexusPoets.com. 



Teacher/Poet: Poets on Teaching
A virtual reading
Sunday, January 16th, 3:00-4:15 pm

Zoom link: us02web.zoom.us/j/84432428163
 
It is commonplace to say that teachers learn from their students. As so many poets double as teachers, whether of children, young adults, or adults, it follows that an exchange of knowledge and a flow of education is documented in the poetry of many teachers. Four teacher-poets, Gideon Young, Beth Copeland, Don Ball, and Jane Shlensky, will take you into a variety of classrooms and call forth the twin miracles of education and poetry. Hosted by Joan Barasovska 
Clockwise from upper right: Beth Copeland, Jane Shlensky, Don Ball, Gideon Young.

Sam Barbee

 


Sam Barbee 

Featured by Nexus Poets

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2022  7 PM

This hybrid event will be live on Zoom and face-to-face at the Universal Unitarian Church Fellowship at 308 Meadows Street in New Bern, NC. Get on their email list to receive the link by contacting them at Nexus@NexusPoets.com. Among his many accomplishments, Sam Barbee is a well-published poet, a past president of NCPS, and the current coordinator of the Poetry In Plain Sight (PIPS) Initiative. Among his publications, Sam's books have been published with Press 53 and Main Street Rag

More New Books from our Members
Joan Barasovska's new book, Carrying Clare, is available for preorder from Main Street Rag at the link below. Joseph Mills writes about Carrying Clare, "...the author takes us into hospitals and bedrooms and kitchens as she examines hard truths about parenting and family, including the fear, despair and difficulties that are sometimes involved. Barasovska is unflinching, and therefore trustworthy. These are not poems of easy sentiment, but ones of attention and honesty and love.”
 
The book, which will be published in January 2022, is available for preorder. Please click on the link below to order:
 

Showing Face by Nancy Dew Taylor –

Part memoir, part local history, part heartfelt apology, Showing Face tells a vital story that our nation would rather forget. Electric poems fix on two deeply sympathetic figures—crusading preacher Joseph Armstrong De Laine, zealously committed to action against oppression, and Belle, Mabelle Hanna McCray, the Taylor’s family’s maid, forced to suppress her tormented soul in order to survive. Their ordeals intersect when De Laine, fleeing vicious bigotry in one town, becomes Belle’s minister in Lake City, SC, where terrorism against Black citizens explodes. Taylor’s lean, sculpted lines will have you smelling the lunatic smoke of burning crosses. Too many readers will admit to similar ignorance during the era of segregation, when Black lives didn’t matter to Night Riders and their protectors and didn’t matter enough to us in the pitiful middle. In the resonant title poem, Taylor captures how much Caucasians can learn from Blacks. In many ways, you will live and relive this incandescent story. To order copies, contact Hermit Feathers Press at https://hermitfeatherspress.com/contact/

Down the Grassy Aisles is a collection of prose poems weaving through the richness of life and positivity, where nature knows no bounds, innocence sees no seams. From dripping pink raincoats, to birthing courage, to dipping into the unknown, these poems are a fanciful splash of the tales of travel, joys of infancy, and subtlety of human emotion as the reader jumps over unseen realms of imagination. Down the Grassy Aisles is an interplay: a tribute to motherhood in "The Embrace," sprinkled with the resplendence of romantic and familial love in "Musings," "Infant's Masterpiece," "Green Bean Mash," and bathed in the reminiscence of travel in "London Bridge" and poured with hope in "The Downpour". My poems suffuse the reader with a flavor of positive aura and the life that beckons.
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Long Rain (Wet Cement, 2021) is an exquisite collection of five-line poems (tanka) and short prose (haibun), organized around the elements: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. Here, Moore expands on the rich history of African-American writers such as Richard Wright, Sonia Sanchez and James Emanuel, creating a masterful transformation of the Japanese tradition into a sharply observant and quietly defiant poetry of the Black experience in America.
Note: reviewed by Michael Hettich in the January Pine Whispers 
Melinda Thomsen's first full-length collection of poems, Armature, was released in September 2021 from Hermit Feathers Press. Armature was selected by Allison Joseph for honorable mention in the North Carolina Poetry Society's 2019 Lena Shull Book Award Contest. Please visit Melinda's webpage for more information: https://www.melindathomsen.com/ .
"Thank you to the North Carolina Poetry Society and Angell Caudill for believing in these poems!" ~Melinda Thomsen
"There’s such intimacy and such depth of feeling in Crystal Simone Smith’s remarkable book, Down to Earth (Long Leaf Press), that one could almost overlook the incredible formal rigor that also guides and holds these poems. Where a lesser poet would make an airless box, Smith uses her deep understanding of both human and poetic form to make a world. People live, love, and struggle within the formal confines of a brutal world that is also luminous beyond all our expectations. I aspire to Smith’s mastery of line and clarity of vision. In this book, the past is always rising up to meet us and remind us that the past really isn’t past at all. We are always making and remaking it." -Gaby Calvocoressi
https://longleafpress.org/product/down-to-earth-by-crystal-simone-smith/
Paul Jones salutes the world with Something Wonderful. This big book sings lyrical commentaries in sometimes lulls, courting parody; yet every poem retains a sensibility of good humor. Syllables bloop and loop and make light where a bird might plop or a snake might leave an empty nest. Every image shines, turning dross to sheen, as tinctures of evil sway unknown Truths among Wonder’s residue. Jones brings on the cicada’s song, turns the radio off to hear tunes in his head, offers bright sounds in strains stars shine like skulls of ghosts. Humor? An ode to Krispy Kreme Donuts, plus a hymn to okra. Something Wonderful is just that!
—Shelby Stephenson, North Carolina Poet Laureate 2015-18. His current books are More and Shelby’s Lady: The Hog Poems.
 
https://redhawkpublications.com/Something-Wonderful-p401948789
NOTEWORTHY POETRY EVENTS IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Visit this Link for Special Events:
https://netwestwriters.blogspot.com/p/writing-events-groups-workshops.html

Winston Salem Writers' Workshops
 Three-In-A-Row Writers' Workshops in January

All workshops will be held via Zoom. January workshops are free to Winston-Salem Writers’ members and $25/workshop for non-members. To register for the workshop(s), email programs@wswriters.org and indicate which workshop(s) you will attend. To join or renew membership, go to www.wswriters.org/membership. Participation for each workshop is limited to the first 40 registrants.

Turning Fact into Fiction
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Workshop: 10:0 0am-NOON (EST)
Presented by Whitney Scharer

Mining Your Life Story for Memoir and Fiction
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Workshop: 10:00 am-NOON (EST)
Presented by Kris Spisak

Word Painting: The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Workshop: 10:00 am-NOON (EST)
Presented by Rebecca McClanahan

 

NEW!
BRILLIG: A Micro Lit Mag

Deborah Doolittle, Publisher 

Currently accepting submissions 
BRILLIG: a micro lit mag is proud to announce it will be accepting poems by North Carolina writers for its inaugural issue due out later this year.  This limited edition, hand-crafted literary journal is looking for poems that by definition are both “brilliant and big” but packed into a tiny space.  Any subject, any style, 20 lines maximum.
Please submit 3-5 previously unpublished poems, any subject, any style, that are 20 lines or less in length.  If submitting by email, send all the poems in a single Word doc attachment.  The cover letter should include a three-to-four sentence author bio with a postal address in the body of the email to brillig.mlm@gmail.com.  Or poems may be submitted by US mail with an appropriate SASE to:
Deborah Doolittle
BRILLIG: a micro lit mag
103 Jean Circle
Jacksonville, NC  28540
 
Upon publication, authors will receive complimentary copies of the issue in which their work appears.

 

Tenth Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition
Sponsored by Bull City Press

Currently accepting submissions through January 5, 2022

The Frost Place, a nonprofit center for poetry and the arts at Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH, in partnership with Bull City Press, has established a poetry chapbook fellowship. We invite submissions to the Tenth Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition sponsored by Bull City Press.

In summer 2022, the winner’s chapbook will be published by Bull City Press, and the winner will receive 10 complimentary copies (from a print run of 300), and a $250.00 stipend. The winner will also receive a full fellowship to attend the five-and-a-half-day Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place in August 2022, including room and board (a cash value of approximately $1,500), and will give a featured reading from the chapbook at the Seminar. In addition, the chapbook fellow will have the option to spend one week living and writing in The Frost Place House-Museum in September 2022 (peak leaf season in the White Mountains), at a time agreed upon by the fellow and The Frost Place.*

For further details on submission guidelines, visit Bull City Press: https://bullcitypress.com/submissions-top/frost-place-chapbook-competition/?goal=0_ed5bd637db-acd72a448d-95752297&mc_cid=acd72a448d&mc_eid=838976baef
JANUARY'S CRAFT TIP  
Have a craft tip for the February issue? Our new eMuse editor and VP of Communications, Kasheia Williams,
is looking for next month's craft tip. Will you submit one? Are you ready? If so, please click here.

WRITING PROMPT: DOMESTIC SCIENCE
This month's craft tip was contributed by Florence Nash
Below is a list of science terms. While I don’t actually understand any of them, it’s a lot of fun to imagine how some of them might be applied to human relationships. Here’s an idea: find a photograph with more than one person in it — could be from your own family album, or just from print media. Choose a phrase in this list that one could interpret, seriously or tongue in cheek, to describe the imagined (or real, for that matter) relationship implied in the image. That phrase is the title of your poem.

Angle of deviation
Closed system
Residual interaction
Uncertainty principle
Critical mass
Assimilation illusion
Dark energy
Principle of equivalence
Weak nuclear force
Angle of reflection
Fundamental interaction
Decay scheme 
Escape velocity
Circle of similitude
Fixed target experiment
Cold fusion
Time dilation
Angle of repose

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 -- including 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.

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 msjoan9@gmail.com. No charge for mailing.
NCPS Dues Scholarship Program
A member or potential new member can write to Joan Barasovska, Sr. VP of Membership, at msjoan9@gmail.com 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 msjoan9@gmail.com. If you are interested in being added to the list of dues sponsors, write to Bill Griffin, ewgryphon@aol.com. 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!

https://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/membership/

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 msjoan9@gmail.com.

Poem of the Month

 
[‘Tis the first snow—]

Matsuo Basho - 1643-1694
 
’Tis the first snow—
Just enough to bend
The gladiolus leaves!


 

 —Translation by William George Aston
Poetry.org  This poem is in public domain.
Portrait by artist Yosa Buson 






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