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MARCH 2022 eMUSE
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NATIONAL POETRY MONTH 2022


INFUSING CEREMONY WITH CELEBRATION
POETRY WITH LIGHT, SOUL AND SOUND
 NCPS 90th Anniversary Celebration  1932 – 2022
As we continue to celebrate our 90th Anniversary, CLICK HERE TO SHARE AND REFLECT WITH US!
APRIL CRAFT TIP: BUILDING A METAPHOR

submitted by Ashley Lumpkin
                 
I live for extended metaphor, particularly in narrative poetry, as a tool to keep the reader/listener engaged in a poem.  One way to approach building that metaphor is to construct a vocabulary that you can come back to as you are crafting the poem. Say for example, I’m going to present God as an ocean. I’d start by jotting down a list of all the words and phrases that I associate with ocean: sea-salt, tide, wave, swell, etc. Then I’d ask myself what I see at the ocean, what I smell, what I taste – add those things to my list. By the time I’m finished, I have a wealth of imagery to draw from as I’m writing. Plus, no matter what the original impetus for the metaphor was, I can come back to this same vocabulary as a starting point for another topic. Creating these word banks is also a useful exercise when I’m experiencing writer’s block. Perhaps I don’t have it in me in the moment to work on a piece, but I can sit down and ask myself those sensory questions about a place or idea that will provide the language for a piece down the road.

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.

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CONTESTS + COMPETITIONS + SUBMISSION CALLS
 
North Carolina Poetry Society
 2022 Brockman-Campbell Book Award Competition
Submission Period Ends May 1, 2022

Old fashioned typewriterThe 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 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. 
POETRY SUBMISSION CALENDAR AT GRIFFINPOETRY.COM - UPDATED FOR APRIL 2022
 
POETRY SUBMISSION CALENDAR – 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/2022/02/01/update-sub-cal-2022-02/

The table lists over 200 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.

Every Friday Morning GriffinPoetry.com posts a new microessay, 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:

Joyce Compton Brown
Alana Dagenhart
James Dickey
Robert Frost
Jane Mead
John Morgan
Scott Owens
William Stafford
Anne McCrary Sullivan
William Carlos Williams
            
Also featured is a “how to” page about formatting 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 me know! And please send me your own favored journal information for me to add to the next update!


Haiku Society of America 2022 Contests and Deadlines


HSA Rengay Award Contest:
Opens April 1, 2022 and closes May 31, 2022.

HSA Haiku Award Contest:
Opens June 1, 2022 and closes August 1, 2022.

HSA Senryu Award Contest:
Opens June 1, 2022 and closes August 1, 2022.

HSA Haibun Award Contest:
Opens June 1, 2022 and closes August 1, 2022.

HSA Renku Award Contest:
Opens September 1, 2022 and closes October 31, 2022.

For guidelines and information: https://www.hsa-haiku.org/hsa-contests.htm

 
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UPCOMING EVENTS
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DEADLINE FOR MAY eMUSE IS APRIL 15th
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VIRTUALCOASTAL/EASTERNTRIANGLETRIADPIEDMONTWESTERN
VIRTUAL EVENTS
NEW NCPS Facebook Live Series
POETS & POETRY MATTERS



 
In celebration of National Poetry Month, this month's installment of Poets & Poetry Matters, hosted by NCPS president, Celestine Davis, will feature members of NCPS's board, including interviews and readings, throughout the month of April. Be sure to follow the NCPS Facebook page for details as they are released.

The first show is set to air April 2!

The Poetry of Mortality
 
When: SundayApril 24,  3p - 4:30p
Where: Zoom
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82121850003

Since Gilgamesh lamented the death of his companion Enkidu, and Homer sung of heroes dying in battle, poetry has served as elegy. We look to poets when we reflect on the brevity of life and mourn those who have died. J.S. Absher, Joyce Compton Brown, Michael Gaspeny, and Jane Wiseman will interpret the theme according to their lights in the seventh themed virtual reading hosted by Joan Barasovska.

#ObsidianVoices
for National Poetry Month
Save the Date: April 29

The final spring 2022 #ObsidianVoices event will be Friday, April 29 at 4pm PT | 6pm CT | 7pm ET. Editor Duriel E. Harris will discuss Black embodied consciousness with Michael Warr and Tyehimba Jess. You can find Michael Warr's poem "What Not to Do…[an unfinished poem]" in Obsidian issue 46.2 and "What Not to Do…(an unfinished poem)" [Beyond Print, an Ongoing Web Feature] online at https://obsidianlit.org/project/michael-warr/. Join us April 29 to hear more about this ongoing online poetry project.

Be sure to visit obsidianlit.org for updates about this event as they become available.
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COASTAL/EASTERN NC EVENTS


When: Friday, April 1 | 7p to 8p
Where: Spill the Beans Wine and Coffee Lounge in Ayden, NC

First Friday's A Night of Poetry is a monthly poetry event that was birthed from the partnership of Eastern NC native and host, poet Alecia "AfroBetty" Rhoe and D.C. native and owner of Spill the Beans Wine and Coffee Lounge (Ayden, NC), Roland Stewart, to give a platform to poets of N.C. Artists have a moment to incorporate all of their artistic skills, with emphasis put on self-promotion and community support. It is an eclectic atmosphere of unique music, great wine, and relaxation, where strangers have become friends.

This is a FREE, public event.


When: April 5 | 7p (Every First Tuesday)
Where: UU Fellowship 308 Meadows Street in New Bern, NC and Zoom


This month's featured poet is Sam Love

The free, hybrid event will take place online via Zoom and in-person at 308 Meadows Street in New Bern. The location is open to the public and there is plenty of free parking. After the featured poet reads, the mic is open for original poems from other poets who sign up. The first open mic readers will be those in the audience.  If you want to be listed to read you can email nexus@nexuspoets.com. If there is enough time you can also sign up to read during the event.

For more detailed information about this monthly event and the open mic opportunity, VISIT THE WEBSITE.


 
Poetry Reading: Hari Om, Hurry Home Poems by Brenda Nicholas

We are honored to host author, Brenda Nicholas on Wednesday, April 13th, 2022, from 7:30pm - 8:30pm for a poetry reading.

Brenda teaches at Cape Fear Community College & serves as poetry editor of Hybridities. She earned her M.A. in English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, and her M.F.A at UNC-Wilmington.

She will share her poetry from Hari Om, Hurry Home, a collection of yoga poetry that explores her transformative mental and physical journey with her yoga practice.

These poems, titled after asanas, follow the natural flow of a vinyasa yoga class and delve into universal topics such as love, heartbreak, parenthood, and death.

You can find more information and details, HERE.
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TRIANGLE EVENTS


SWIM Presents: Spoken Words In Motion Live at The Portal

 
When: April 2 | 9:30p
Where: The Portal, Downtown Raleigh, NC

Time to dive in deep! SWIM invites you to witness Spoken Words In Motion Live at The Portal as Willie Contraband and friends share with you the power of words and the power of being in motion.

Here to embrace the unity in community, there will be performances, local vendors, networking, art, food, drinks and more! Come relax, support and enjoy this one of a kind experience.

Please note that tickets will be $10 at the door day of the event.

For details and to purchase tickets, visit the event page, HERE.

 
History in Verse with N.C. Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green:

When: April 6: 7p - 8p
Where: Downtown Raleigh / VIRTUAL


To celebrate National Poetry Month, the State Archives of North Carolina will host History in Verse, a virtual program on documentary poetry featuring N.C. Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m.

This online event will explore Green’s work in documentary poetry—poetry that captures a historical moment by combining primary source materials with verse. Green will discuss the relationship between the art form and historical events and read some of her own works. In addition, this program will highlight poems hidden in the archive, written by ordinary and extraordinary North Carolinians across centuries. Archivists will provide further insight by sharing historical context and information on how these poems found their way to the State Archives of North Carolina.

Register for this FREE, virtual event HERE.



Poetry Readings: NC Southeast Asian Poets Ina Cariño and Eric Tran

The Southeast Asian Approaches Carolina Seminar will host NC Southeast Asian Poets Ina Cariño and Eric Tran as they do a reading of their selected poetry and host a Q&A session.

This event will be moderated by Trisha Remetir, a graduate student in the English and Comparative Literature department.


For more information, visit THIS LINK.
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TRIAD EVENTS



Maya Angelou Garden Party
 
When: April 3 | 2p - 4p
Where: Bailey Park in Winston-Salem, NC
Wake Downtown is incredibly excited to announce the return of an in-person Maya Angelou Garden Party! Each year, this event is free and open to both the public and the broader community to honor Dr. Maya Angelou through a celebration of community, storytelling, and art! Join in for poetry readings and spoken word performances or sign up to be a performer yourself!

Food, music, and lawn games are all also part of the fun.

Rain location: Atrium at Biotech Place.

CLICK HERE for more information.


VOICES OF CHANGE YOUTH POETRY PROJECT

 
Local youth ages 10 to 18 are invited to use their voices to write and perform poetry about social justice topics, such as race, gender identity, immigrant status, reentry and the impact of criminal records, and more through “Voices of Change,” a partnership with The Poetry Project and the City of Greensboro’s Human Rights Department. Participants will meet from 6-8 pm at the Xperience @ Caldcleugh at 1700 Orchard St., on February 9, March 2, April 6, May 4 and June 21, and at Revolution Mill, 900 Revolution Mill Dr., on June 29. Masks are required.

During the workshops, youths will work with members of the various boards and commissions and task forces under the Human Rights Department in having conscious conversations and have an opportunity to ask questions about the various human rights topics. To register or ask questions, email info@thepoetryproject.com.

May 19 - 22, 2022
 
We are beyond excited to return to downtown Greensboro for a live, in-person festival May 19-22, 2022!  This year's Festival brings you an array of authors writing about everything from romance and sci-fi to memoir and personal experience to social justice and prison reform, and all the things in between!   As always we pay homage to North Carolina’s rich literary history, while broadening our tent to welcome in voices from outside of our own microcosm of experience. And we have renewed our goal to present at least 50% authors of color as part of our Festival line-up.
 
We believe that stories are the tie that binds us together, so we have gathered nearly 50 authors from across the country and right here at home in a series of delightful, thought provoking conversations that highlight the range of human experience and literary creativity.

We can't wait to see your smiling faces in May!
 
Important Things to Know
 
  • All author events are FREE*.
  • Complete Festival schedule (dates and times) will be announced on April 1.
  • RSVP ticketing will be made available when the schedule is announced (April 1.)
  • At this time Festival events will not be live-streamed or recorded.
  • Vaccine verification and masks may be required. Our policy will be determined by public health guidelines and conditions at the time of the Festival. [read more]
*workshops are paid events

For much more detailed information, visit the Greensboro Bound Festival website.
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PIEDMONT EVENTS


Get ready! SHOUT! is back, April 1-17, 2022.

Charlotte SHOUT! is an aspirational multi-week festival designed to showcase our community by celebrating Charlotte's creativity and innovation through art, music, food, and ideas. Located primarily in Uptown Charlotte, SHOUT! will feature exceptionally curated programming from around the corner and around the world.
 

Among the plethora of immersive arts-based events, there were be opportunities to experience poetry and spoken word in various ways and settings.

FRIDAY, APRIL 1 - SUNDAY, APRIL 3
Carlos and Bluz present: Flows From Grace
3 nights of Spoken Word, intimate interviews, and Live music from the nation’s best artists!

Prepare for three nights of Spoken word, Poetry, live music, Hip Hop, and impactful interviews with some of the most thought-provoking creatives and artists in the country.  Your hosts will be 2-time national poetry slam champ Carlos Robson and Emmy Award winner Bluz.   The event starts at 7pm with FREE admission.  Drinks will be available for purchase at Brooklyn Collective Gallery.


FRIDAY, APRIL 8
Avenue of Ideas
Guerilla Poets!
Levine Avenue of the Arts | 3-5 pm
FREE!

Join us on the Levine Avenue of the Arts for a free performance by the talented Guerilla Poets!

Guerilla Poets are a local non-profit group of artists whose mission is to create access to the power of the arts through spoken word poetry. They write, perform, and teach youth across the region how to listen, honor, and share their unique voices. Guerilla Poets will be performing live to add their thought-provoking and moving voices to our shared Festival of Ideas community.

Join us and the Guerilla Poets as they uplift, inspire, and inform us on the Avenue of Ideas!

SATURDAY, APRIL 9

PAGE & STAGE OPEN MIC FEATURING POET/Emcee MAHOGANY L. BROWNE
Shout! Lounge  | 6-7:30 pm
Free! | Registration Required

Join us for Page & Stage Open Mic, a Poetry, Prose, Spoken Word and Musical Experience featuring Mahogany L. Browne!

Celebrate the power, beauty, and intersection of urban + classical art forms. Featuring Mahogany L. Browne, first-ever Poet in Residence at the Lincoln Center and author of the poem "Black Girl Magic." Poets everywhere are invited to take the stage and share their unique words and wisdom in an open mic and musical gathering. Do not miss the art and energy!

Whether you identify as a page poet or spoken word artist, we invite you to share your poetry at our inaugural open mic event! Come and celebrate the stage with Mahogany L. Browne and other amazing poets throughout the Queen City.

If you are interested in being on the setlist, contact the event producer Jennifer Dow (fellow poet, artist, and Charlotte Center team member). Reach her on Instagram @thecharlottecenter or email her at jennifer@thecharlottecenter.org.

Follow Us on Instagram @thecharlottecenter where we will announce the poets for the evening!

 

FOR DETAILS, INCLUDING DATES, TIMES, LOCATIONS, REGISTRATION INFO AND MORE, PLEASE VISIT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE: WWW.CHARLOTTESHOUT.COM


 

 

 
A Poetry Reading & Conversation with Stuart Dischell


 
When: Friday, April 1, 2022 | 6p - 7:30p
Where: Charlotte Lit's Studio Two

Stuart Dischell is the author of Children with Enemies (University of Chicago Press, 2017), as well as Good Hope Road, a 1991 National Poetry Series Selection (Viking, 1993); Evenings & Avenues (Penguin, 1996); Dig Safe (Penguin, 2003); and Backwards Days (Penguin, 2007). Dischell’s poems have been published in journals such as The Atlantic, The New Republic, AGNI, Slate, The Kenyon Review, and in anthologies including Essential Pleasures, Hammer and Blaze, The Pushcart Prize, and Good Poems. A recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, he teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Free, but space is limited, so please REGISTER HERE. And if you haven’t already, please email a snap of your COVID vaccination card to staff@charlottelit.org. Covid vaccination is REQUIRED for attendance at in-person Charlotte Lit events.

 

When: Every Second Monday (next date: April 11) | 7:30p
Where:
The Peace Pipe | 204 West Woodlawn Road #H in Charlotte, NC

The Cookie Jar is a safe space for all art forms. Come out every second Monday and enjoy poetry, spoken word, singers, a great vibe and more.

To purchase tickets ($5), visit the event page HERE.

 
Let the Laureate Tell It

When: Apr 19, 2022 | 7:30p
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts


A historic event that pulls together Poet Laureates from across the country for one night of amazing poetry. Poems to make us laugh and cry, that remind of us the past and speak of hope for the future.

This is a FREE event, but tickets are required. More information HERE.


Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic

When: April 27 | 7p - 9p
Where: Waterbean Coffee #2 in Huntersville,NC

FEATURING: ERIC TRAN + ANNA B. SUTTON!

After being postponed for 2 long, pandemic years, Eric Tran’s Waterbean reading is finally happening! And now we'll have the added bonus of Anna B. Sutton reading for us! Mark your calendars & don’t miss this special evening of stellar poetry by these acclaimed & award-winning poets!

We'll also celebrate:

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH ...
EARTH DAY (every day, in my opinion) ...
& HAPPY 7th ANNIVERSARY, WATERBEAN POETRY NIGHT at the MIC!  

Featured Poets' Bios:

ERIC TRAN is a queer Vietnamese poet who authored Mouth, Sugar, and Smoke, forthcoming from Diode Editions, and The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer, winner of the 2019 Rising Writers Prize and published by Autumn House Press in 2020.

ANNA B. SUTTON won the 2019 St. Lawrence Book Prize for her debut collection of poetry, Savage Flower, published by Black Lawrence Press in 2021.


THIS IS A FREE EVENT. For further details and information, please visit the Facebook Event Page.
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WESTERN NC EVENTS


Open Mic Night :: Hosted by Laura Blackley

 
Open Mic Night @ Homeplace!
The talented and charismatic Laura Blackley hosts Open Mic Night Sunday 4/3 starting at 5pm.
Sign up begins at 4:30pm.
Sound provided, just bring your instrument and your talent!

Visit the Facebook page for more information.


The Poetry of Yoga : Coming hOMe to Your Wild

 
Infused with poetry from her self-published books Collecting Feathers and Landing hOMe, Tara will take you on a journey hOMe. While drinking in the sacred sounds of heartbeat and breath, we will take the ability to listen and to feel even deeper within. We will tap into that intuitive sense of knowing; how and when to move and when to be still.

Early bird signups will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a copy of both books of poetry, Collecting Feathers and Landing hOMe.

Find out more information HERE.

 
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BOOK LAUNCHES
Words for Flying, Chris Abbate’s new, full-length collection of poetry explores life’s biggest questions through the lens of ordinary people, objects, and experiences. The poet Paul Hostovsky writes about Words for Flying, “Why do the best of Chris Abbate’s poems make me cry? Could it be envy, because they’re so good they make me wish I’d written them? Could it be the sadness, vulnerability, and love mixed in with the playfulness of these poems? Or maybe their numinousness, which is also always somehow subtly part of the mix? Or is it simply that voice, finally, of “an ache of a boy,” its honesty, its accessibility, its tenderness, speaking a sort of “unspoken language of boys,” especially to those of us who most needed a voice like Abbate’s back in our own boyhoods, and still sorely need it today? It’s all these things. And it’s also because, as with any great music, beautiful singing can have that effect on us. And we wipe our eyes so that we may keep on reading.”

To order a copy, visit Chris’ website, www.chrisabbate.com.
Still your mind, and sense the quietness of Spirit. Picture the silver thread connecting all living things. Hear the silence within, the Source of Creation bubbling up like a spring in that quiet space between thoughts. Learn to observe Life around you in a way you may never have thought of before. Let this serve as a guide to help train your mind to see the hidden beauty and perfect order all around you.
 
A lifelong Nature enthusiast, Dr. O’Quinn’s decades observing and interacting with Nature and Nature’s Source have given him unique insight into the deeper realities underlying the mysteries of Life that surround us all. A member of the Medical Profession by training, Dr. O’Quinn has had a number of unique experiences that confirmed to him that there is so much more to Life than what may appear at the surface upon a casual glance.

Available for purchase on Amazon.
David Radavich's new dual-language lyric collection, Unter der Sonne / Under the Sun, features the author's German poems with English translations, along with four English poems translated into German by leading scholars and writers.  He exhibits a kinship with German writers such as Friedrich Hölderlin, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Hilde Domin, whom he knew personally.  This collection represents a departure from his earlier work—into another language, another lyric sensibility, and a dual perspective that opens readers to a literary tradition beyond American shores.  The book is available from https://www.amazon.com or from the author.

Joanne Durham’s poetry book, To Drink from a Wider Bowl, (Honorable Mention winner in the 2021
Lena Shull Book Contest), has won Evening Street Press’ Sinclair Prize and will be published this April.

James Crews writes about To Drink from a Wider Bowl, “What she has drawn for us here is nothing less
than a map of how to navigate our days with honesty, grace, and a deep mindfulness that leaves nothing
unnoticed. Her richly layered and musical poems bear the contours of every phase of life…”

Click on the link below for more information and to pre-order:
https://eveningstreetpress.com/book-author/joanne-durham/
 

Redhawk Publications is pleased to announce the publication of Yellow Leaves, a poetry collection by Alana Dagenhart this coming February. Dagenhart, an English professor at Johnson & Wales University, has been writing for practically her whole life. Dagenhart’s first publication was a poem she wrote in elementary school, which was published in the local newspaper. She also published a chapbook titled Blood in 2016.

To purchase Yellow Leaves, visit https://redhawkpublications.com  

 
Joan Barasovska's new book, Carrying Clare, is available 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.”

Click on the link below to order:
https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/product/carrying-clare-joan-barasovska
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NEWS + UPDATES + INFO

MISSED THE MEETING? WATCH THE RECORDING!
 
MARCH MEMBERS' GATHERING: Readings by Poetry in Plain Sight (PIPS) Poets and Poetry of Place Workshop by Lavonne J. Adams
POETRY OF PLACE: FOLLOW-UP WORKSHOP
WITH LAVONNE J. ADAMS.

 
When: Saturday, April 9 | 9a - 11a
Where: Zoom


This poetry writing workshop is intended as a follow-up to the March 19th craft discussion, by Lavonne J. Adams, on Poetry of Place. Attendees will each workshop one poem in which place plays an important role. Attendees should prepare to comment on each poem by their peers, with focus on suggested revisions. The workshop will be held on Zoom from 9 am-11 am, April 9th.

If you would like to submit a poem, please email Celestine Davis at poetrydame2@gmail.com ASAP.

The workshop will be free to members of the NCPS, with a modest fee for non-members.

Attendance is limited to eight attendees, on a first-come, first-served basis. Lavonne will keep a waiting list in case someone needs to withdraw. Contact her at lavonne.j.adams@gmail.com if you would like to sign up for the session.

This is NCPS's first follow-up workshop offering in quite a while. If interest is high, expect similar offerings in the future!
PiPS POSTERS FOR SALE

Posters from past years of the Poetry in Plain Sight program are still available!  $10 for the first two posters and $1 for each additional poster up to 10.  Contact Sam Barbee at ncps.pips.sb@gmail.com for an up-to-date count and list of posters.
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, including out of state, to attend virtually.

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. Your due date is on the mailing label of your copies of Pine Whispers, the paper newsletter.

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/

If you have questions about membership, please write to Joan Barasovska at msjoan9@gmail.com.



If you are an NCPS member in good standing and would like your free copy of Pinesong 2021 with last year's winning poems, write to Joan at msjoan9@gmail.com.

No charge for mailing.
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April is NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!
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POEM OF THE MONTH

Voices of the Air
By Katherine Mansfield

But then there comes that moment rare
When, for no cause that I can find,
The little voices of the air
Sound above all the sea and wind.

The sea and wind do then obey
And sighing, sighing double notes
Of double basses, content to play
A droning chord for the little throats—

The little throats that sing and rise
Up into the light with lovely ease
And a kind of magical, sweet surprise
To hear and know themselves for these—

For these little voices: the bee, the fly,
The leaf that taps, the pod that breaks,
The breeze on the grass-tops bending by,
The shrill quick sound that the insect makes.

This poem is in the public domain.
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.
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