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NCPS Meetings are held at beautiful Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, in Southern Pines, NC.  For Directions to Weymouth, see our directions page.

Annual Awards Day on May 27, 2017

We celebrate Awards Day every May, honoring the students and adults who have won this year’s Poetry Society contests.  It is always a pleasure to welcome younger poets and their parents and teachers as part of our mission to nurture the next generation of writers.  Join us at beautiful Weymouth Center to hear prize-winning wordsmiths read their poems.  The gardens are particularly enchanting this time of year.  And pick up your copy of the new issue of Pinesong, showcasing the contest-winning poems.


9:15      Registration

Order a box lunch if not paid in advance ($10, cash or check) until 10:10 a.m.

10:00   Business Meeting

David Radavich, presiding.

10:30   Pinesong Dedication

Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Kathryn Striping Byer will be honored for her contributions to poetry and North Carolina literature.

10:40     Student and Adult Awards

Richard Allen Taylor, Adult Contest Director, and Michael Beadle, Student Contest Director, present awards: The Poet Laureate Award; all student contests; Caldwell Nixon Jr. Award; Bloodroot Haiku Award; and other awards as time permits.

12:00   Lunch

Socializing, walking in the gardens, perusing the book room.

1:00     Adult Awards

Richard Allen Taylor presents the remaining awards: Poetry of Courage Award; Poetry of Witness Award; Poetry of Love Award; Thomas H. McDill Award; Joanna Catherine Scott Award; Mary Ruffin Poole American Heritage Award; Katherine Kennedy McIntyre Light Verse Award; and Ruth Moose Sestina Award.

Walk into April on April 8

Barton College, the North Carolina Poetry Society, and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series again bring you Walk into April Poetry Day, a celebration honoring our state’s accomplished poets.  Held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center at Barton College, this year’s event features Bruce Lader and Beth Copeland as well as Amber Flora Thomas, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Down East.  The program runs from 9:45 until 3:00. Everyone is welcome to bring books to sell and a poem to read during open microphone time.

Beth Copeland has published Transcendental Telemarketer and Traveling Through Glass, winner of the 1999 Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Award, and is an English instructor at Methodist University in Fayetteville.

Bruce Lader has published five books of poetry, including Fugitive Hope, Embrace, Discovering Mortality, and Landscapes of Longing.  He is founding director of Bridges Tutoring, a Raleigh-based organization educating multicultural students.

Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Amber Flora has published Eye of Water: Poems, winner of the Cave Canem Prize, and The Rabbits Could Sing: Poems. Recipient of the Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize, she teaches poetry and creative writing at East Carolina University. Amber and the Gilbert-Chappell student poets she mentors this spring will read in the afternoon.

To reserve a catered lunch, please contact Rebecca Godwin at rlgodwin(at) by April 5.   We hope to see you at Barton when the azaleas are in bloom.



March 18, 2017 Meeting

Peter Makuck and Marjory Wentworth, Poet Laureate of South Carolina, gave wonderful readings of their poetry and participated in spirited discussion afterward.  The open mic session once again featured accomplished poetry and a wide variety of expression.   Lots of camaraderie and sense of community.

January 21, 2017 Meeting

Maureen Sherbondy read her poetry and Michael McFee presented a mix of poetry and discussion of careful revision at this delightful meeting that also included a particularly rewarding variety of poets at open mic.  Jan Harrington was celebrated at this year’s winner of the Lena Shull Book Contest for a new poetry collection to be published by Saint Andrews University Press.

September 17, 2016 Meeting

Our meeting on September 17 offered a feast of varied poetic tastes, with the winners of the Randall Jarrell Poetry Contest and the winners of the Brockman-Campbell Book Award all sharing their work.  After a high-quality open mic and lunch on the beautiful grounds of Weymouth, Alice Osborn suggested ways to launch our poetry out in the world with a workshop on social media and marketing.

May 28, 2016 Meeting

Thanks to everyone who participated in our May 28 annual Awards Day!  It was a festive occasion for poetry written by our student and adult prize winners.  Special thanks to Michael Beadle, our Student Contests Coordinator, and to Richard Allen Taylor, our Adult Contests Coordinator, for doing a splendid job organizing and presenting the prizes.  The Weymouth gardens were at their finest on a gorgeous day perfect for good poetry and fellowship.


Poetry Day Hickory, April 2

The North Carolina Poetry Society and Lenoir Rhyne University invite you to our Annual Poetry Day 2016 on Saturday, April 2, from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Featuring workshops and readings by Kathryn Kirkpatrick and Stan (JS) Absher, this will be a wonderful day of poetry and craft.  Contact Scott Owens for directions, details, and registration.



Sam Ragan Day |Saturday, March 19th, 2016

9:15 – Registration begins. Order a box lunch ($10, cash or check) until 10:10 am. Pay your annual dues, browse the displays of 8 North Carolina literary presses.

10:00 Business Meeting. David Radavitch, President, presides.

10:20   Learners and Mentors
Current students, and those who have graduated, from area campus-based MFA programs will read from their work. Programs represented will be – the North Carolina State University MFA program, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro MFA program, and the University of Wilmington MFA program.

Two featured students from each program will read from their poetry. The readings will be followed by a discussion among the students and audience about the value of MFA programs and working with established poets to hone one’s craft.

11:40 – MFA student open mic. Other MFA students from these 3 programs who come for the event will be offered an opportunity to share their work.

12:00 Eat lunch! Buy books, socialize, and enjoy the gardens. Also, speak informally with the students and teachers from the MFA programs 

1:00 Announcements

1:15   Readings from MFA poets

2:00 Book signing by featured poets.

2:15  Open mic



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