Saturday, January 14, 2023 Meeting

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Dear Members,

Unfortunately, North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green is unable to be with us on Saturday, January 14.

We know that you join us in sending love to Jaki as she and her family grieve their recent losses, including the loss of her beloved mother Ivory Victoria Tate Vincent, who was 106 years old. On behalf of NCPS members and our Board, we have sent our collective condolences and flowers to Jaki and her family.

We will miss being in her good company next Saturday, and look forward to a reading and talk with her at a later date.

We are grateful that Kimberly L. Becker will join us for the morning talk and a reading. She will be speaking about Poetry as Ceremony. Please see her bio below and a blurb that Jaki wrote for one of her five books.

Kimberly L. Becker

Of mixed descent, including Cherokee, Kimberly L. Becker is author of five poetry collections: Words Facing East and The Dividings (WordTech Editions), The Bed Book and Bringing Back the Fire (Spuyten Duyvil), and Flight (MadHat Press). Her poems appear widely in journals and anthologies, including Indigenous Message on Water; Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence; and Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits. She has an essay forthcoming in Unpapered, edited by Diane Glancy and Linda Rodriguez (University of Nebraska Press). Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart. She has received grants from Maryland, New Jersey, and Western North Carolina, and has been awarded residencies at Hambidge, Weymouth, and Wildacres. Kimberly has read at Busboys and Poets, The National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, DC), Split This Rock, and Wordfest. She has served as mentor for PEN America's Prison Writing and AWP's Writer to Writer programs. She currently lives in North Dakota, but calls the mountains of North Carolina home.

From North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green:

"The Bed Book masterfully calls out and talks back to grim truths and demonstrates why poetry is necessary and sought after in moments of reimagining where beauty might reside and need protecting. This collection fulfills its purpose as a valuable roadmap through the complex lineages of this oeuvre. Each compelling poem contains a world in miniature. Each bed is intense, dark, fertile, complicated, and wondrously overwhelming as they disintegrate into word portraits. Kimberly L. Becker makes poetry of searing scars and seething blood. Stunning and haunting language illuminates the ghosts of time and place with a vibrancy so visceral you can hear the pores of the skin, the chambers of the heart, the scream in the throat opening wider releasing truth and light."

Hosted by Celestine Davis, Meeting Host

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10:00 AM - 10:10 AM Business Meeting - Celestine Davis

Pre­siding, Voting on Slate of Officers

10:10 AM - 11:30 AM Kimberly L. Becker, Poetry as Ceremony talk and a reading

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Open Mic - Regina Yvette Carter

Garcia, Host - Have your poem handy!

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch Options: Stay with us on Zoom and

join our chat or take downtime

1:00 - 2:00 PM The Art of Self Craft Workshop: led by

Dasan Ahanu, visiting lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill

2:00 PM Closing Remarks

The Gilbert-Chappell Emerging Poets for 2023

The emerging poets for the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series for 2023 have been selected! In the western region, they include: middle school student Dylan Zhang of Winston-Salem; high school student Milo Gillespie of Marion; college student Mallory Edwards of Asheville; and Molly Bolton, adult, of Banner Elk. These students will work with Distinguished Poet Ken Chamlee during early spring 2023 and give reading(s) later on. Thanks to Western Regional Coordinator Caleb Beissert for overseeing the process.

In the central region, the emerging poets are: high school students Namrata Bingu of Charlotte and Joelis Hernandez Rodriguez of Indian Trail; college student Savannah Phillips of Kershaw (SC); and Kristia Vasiloff, adult, of Hillsborough. These poets will work with Distinguished Poet Grace Ocasio during early spring 2023 and give reading(s) later on. Thanks to Central Regional Coordinator Janis Harrington for helping oversee the process.

In the eastern region of North Carolina, the emerging poets selected are: middle school student Elie Lorenz of Wilmington; high school students Jess Wallace of Trinity and Justin Wellons of Hallsboro; and Marty Pitcairn, adult, of New Bern. These poets will work with Distinguished Poet Melinda Thomsen during early spring 2023 and give reading(s) later on. Thanks to Regional Coordinator Kelly Jones for overseeing the process.

These twelve emerging poets represent the future of lyric writing in North Carolina, and we look forward to seeing the work they produce with guidance from their distinguished mentors.