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JULY 2022 eMUSE
NCPS NEWS | BOOK LAUNCHES | READINGS | WORKSHOPS | EVENTS


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!

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.

SEPTEMBER MEMBERS' MEETING TEASER INFO
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR WHAT WILL BE AN INDELIBLE EVENT

September 17, 2022  10:00 to 2:00
NCPS 90th Anniversary Celebration 
Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities
Southern Pines, NC

FEATURING GLENIS REDMOND
Read more about Glenis at http://www.glenisredmond.com/



Meeting begins at 10:00 AM and we are offering an Early Bird activities 

DETAILS AND ZOOM LINK FORTHCOMING.

Information on Hotels in Southern Pines

 
JULY CRAFT TIP: Take Time to Punctuate

Submitted by David Radavich
 

Every writer should learn to punctuate strategically and creatively.  Punctuation serves as “percussion section” of the orchestra; it sets the pacing and emphasis of forceful communication.
 

Recently I read a poem that omitted all punctuation until a final period. Overall it communicated that the writer didn’t know where to begin with punctuation and simply omitted it. That was unfortunate, because in what should have been the powerful climax, the lack of punctuation conveyed murkiness and confusion. The impact was vitiated.  


Another, better metaphor for punctuation may be road signs: commas for blinking yellow lights (slow down and watch); periods for stop signs (short break); dashes and colons for blinking red lights (heads up!); ellipses for trailing off; and parentheses for asides.  Exclamation points should be resorted to only rarely—often they add humor, intended or not—but a well-placed em dash can bring a poem to life. 


Punctuation serves as both accent and tempo marker. Experiment with signifiers that will sharpen and energize your ideas and concerns. On those rare occasions where punctuation breaks down or demands to disappear (as happens to me sometimes), you will choose that option consciously, to underscore the import of the poem.

 


 
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CONTESTS + COMPETITIONS + SUBMISSION CALLS
 
The Susan Laughter Meyers Poetry Fellowship at Weymouth
 
In honor of the life and work of Susan Laughter Meyers, the North Carolina Poetry Society and Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities co-sponsor this annual residential fellowship for one North or South Carolina writer.

The 2022 Susan Laughter Meyers Poetry Fellowship at Weymouth welcomes submissions began on May 1 and closes July 31, 2022.

The fellowship winner receives a week-long writing residency at Weymouth Center in Southern Pines and a $500 stipend.  Each year the merit-based fellowship is awarded to one North or South Carolina poet. The submission period opened May 1 and closes July 31, 2022.  Applicants must submit a manuscript of five pages of poetry and all submissions are read “blind.”

For detailed information on submission guidelines, please visit https://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/meyers-fellowship/
CORRECTED LINK FOR LENA SHULL BOOK CONTEST:

https://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/shullbookaward/

POETRY SUBMISSION CALENDAR AT GRIFFINPOETRY.COM  
 
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 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
Please submit your upcoming events to newsletter@ncpoetrysociety.org
DEADLINE FOR JUNE eMUSE IS JUNE 15th
EVENTS BY REGION
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VIRTUALCOASTAL/EASTERNTRIANGLETRIADPIEDMONTWESTERN
VIRTUAL EVENTS
POETS AND POETRY MATTER
NCPS VIRTUAL SERIES
 
NCPS invites members and guests to attend our virtual Poets & Poetry Matter Interviews and Reading Series featuring:

Dasan Ahanu (pictured left, below) at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, July 14

Junious “Jay” Ward (pictured right, below) at 2 p.m. EST on Saturday, July 30
 
Christopher Massenburg, better known as Dasan Ahanu, is a public speaker, organizer, curator, educator, poet, spoken word artist, songwriter, emcee, and loyal Hip Hop head born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Read more about Dasan’s accomplishments, publications, recordings, and other projects at https://www.dasanahanu.com/
 

Junious 'Jay' Ward is a poet and teaching artist from Charlotte, NC. He is a National Slam champion (2018), an Individual World Poetry Slam champion (2019), author of Sing Me A Lesser Wound (Bull City Press 2020) and Charlotte's inaugural Poet Laureate.

Read more about Junious's work at jwardpoetry.com


 
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COASTAL/EASTERN NC EVENTS

When: Tuesday, July 5 | 7p
Where: 308 Meadows Street in New Bern and virtually 

This month's event will feature Lisa Creech Bledsoe.


After the Featured Poet reads in person 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 receive Nexus Poets’ emails including the evening’s Zoom link or 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. 

This is a free public event that meets at the New Bern Unitarian Fellowship and donations are requested to help pay for the space. The event is sponsored by the Nexus Poets, a group of Eastern North Carolina poets promoting poetry in the area.
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TRIANGLE EVENTS
An afternoon of poetry with Chris Abbate, Maureen Sherbondy and Crystal Simone Smith (in store)
 
 
Event date: Sunday, July 31, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Event address: North Hills, 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road, Raleigh, NC 27609
For more info: https://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/7-22/poets
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TRIAD EVENTS
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PIEDMONT EVENTS
 
July 15, 2022 at 8pm
Blumental Performing Arts Theater in Uptown Charlotte


Blumenthal Performing Arts' monthly Poetry Slams are hosted by SlamCharlotte, Charlotte’s own three-time national championship team of spoken word poetry. SlamCharlotte strives to promote poetic growth, performance enhancement, and increased camaraderie among the poets and the community through the monthly slam competitions. SlamCharlotte’s current Slammaster, Bluz, is the 13th ranked individual poet in the world.

The event is free, but registration is required.

Tickets: https://www.blumenthalarts.org/events/detail/slamcharlotte-poetry-slam-107
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WESTERN NC EVENTS
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BOOK LAUNCHES
Poet Maureen Sherbondy has had enough. Her eleventh collection, Lines in Opposition, explores our need to set limits in times of conflict and confusion. These poems of defiance range from the artistic to the political to the familial, from Basho to Godot, Gretel to Ashbery, the Rockettes to Bubble Yum. At times wry and whimsical, at other times acutely serious, Sherbondy's poems testify to the importance of knowing when and how to draw the line.

Available for purchase: https://www.unsolicitedpress.com/store/p366/linesinopposition.html
A new anthology on the history and legacy of the Black Arts Movement. In a Foreword by Ishmael Reed, Black Fire—This Time is described as a 21st century “update” that builds upon the traditions of Alain Locke’s The New Negro (1920) and Amiri Baraka and Larry Neal’s Black Fire: an anthology of Afro-American Writing (1968).

The anthology also features work from Pinesong 2022 dedicatee Lenard Moore.

Black Fire -- This Time, may be purchased from Willow Books, at THIS LINK.
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
Redhawk Publications is happy to announce the publication of Apertures of
Voluptuous Force, Sam Barbee’s fourth poetry collection; his others are Book of
Uncommon Prayer, That Rain We Needed, and Changes of Venue.

Barbee comments, “Apertures of Voluptuous Force has a different tone than my previous
collections. I wrote Apertures of Voluptuous Force for people like me, who are attempting to answer
our bewildering questions with positivity and hope.”

To purchase Apertures of Voluptuous Force, visit https://tinyurl.com/SamBarbee
Any Dumb Animal (Main Street Rag, 2021), the debut poetry collection by AE Hines, presents a memoir-in-verse as told by a gay man raised in rural North Carolina who comes of age during the AIDS crisis. Flashing back and forth in time, a cast of recurring characters and circumstances are woven into a rich tale of survival and redemption, exploring one man's life as a queer son, father, and husband, over a span of more than thirty years. Purchasing information at  https://bit.ly/3bI7MdF or  www.aehines.net.
BleakHouse Publishing is proud to announce the publication of Interface, George T. Wilkerson’s debut poetry collection, which he wrote from his cell on Death Row in Raleigh, North Carolina. In raw and accessible poems, Wilkerson wrestles with his past and present relationships and his experiences of loss and violence, finally winning hard-earned growth by transforming himself from a reckless, drug-addicted adolescent to a man of conviction, compassion, and creativity.

Interface is available for purchase on Amazon and on bleakhousepublishing.org.
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NEWS + UPDATES + INFO
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.
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. The link below will guide you.

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 would like to receive a copy of the newly published 2022 Pinesong, the anthology of winning poetry from the Pinesong Awards contests, please write to Joan at msjoan9@gmail.com. There will be no charge for mailing.

This offer is for members in good standing. If you're uncertain about your dues status, Joan can help you.
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POEM OF THE MONTH
 

Across the summer stream

With such joy

My sandals in my hand.

                                   

Yosa Buson (1716-1784) 

translated by Jonathan Clements

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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