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Posted on: October 4, 2023

Carrboro to feature 18th Annual West End Poetry Festival: Community

West End Poetry Festival Logo 2023

CARRBORO, N.C. -- The 18th Annual West End Poetry Festival returns, Oct. 19-21, 2023. All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 19 - Luna (307 E. Main St. Carrboro, NC 27510)

5:45-8:00 p.m.  Carrboro Poets Council Feature and Open Mic

  • Fred Joiner, Former Carrboro Poet Laureate
  • Gideon Young
  • Chad Knuth
  • Susan Spalt
  • Liza Wolff-Francis, Carrboro Poet Laureate, as MC

Friday, October 20 - The ArtsCenter (400 Roberson St. Carrboro, NC 27510)

4:30-5:30 p.m. Youth Workshop with Jaki Shelton Green

7:00-8:00 p.m. Carrboro Poet Laureate, Liza Wolff-Francis in poetic conversation with Ina Cariño and Len Lawson

8:00-8:30 p.m. Open Mic

8:30-9:30 p.m. Wine Reception (cash bar)

Saturday, October 21 - Carrboro Century Center (100 N. Greensboro St. Carrboro, NC 27510)

10:00-11:15 a.m. Coffee, biscuits and Poetry in the Round

11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Break for lunch. Go explore the many delicious restaurants around downtown Carrboro!

12:45 p.m. Welcome from Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils

1:00 p.m. Poets Laureate Reading

  • Carrboro Poet Laureate Liza Wolff-Francis
  • Chapel Hill Poet Laureate Cortland Gilliam
  • Piedmont Poet Laureate Dasan Ahanu
  • Durham Poet Laureate DJ Rogers
  • Charlotte Poet Laureate Jay Ward
  • North Carolina Poet Laureate: Jaki Shelton Green

2:45-3:45 p.m.  Poetry Writing Generative Workshop with Ross White

3:45-4:30 p.m. Coffee and snacks provided

4:30-5:30 p.m. New Book Poets Reading

  • Corrie Lynn White
  • Ross White
  • Len Lawson
  • Ina Cariño
  • Jan Harington

5:45 p.m. Light dinner fare provided by Carrburritos

6:45 p.m. Community Poem Reading: We need your words to help create the 2023 Carrboro Community Poem! This year's theme is COMMUNITY. Submit your words for the 2023 Carrboro Community Poem here.

Saturday, October 21 - Steel String Brewery (106A S. Greensboro St. Carrboro, NC 27510)

7:00-9:00 p.m.  Poetry Slam hosted by Dasan Ahanu


For more information on the events and poets please visit the West End Poetry website: westendpoetryfestival.org

The West End Poetry Festival is sponsored by the Town of Carrboro and is planned by the Carrboro Poets Council (currently comprised of Carrboro Poet Laureate Liza Wolff-Francis, Gideon Young, Susan Spalt, Jay Bryan, Fred Joiner, Abigail Browning, Chad Knuth and Paul Jones) with the assistance of the staff of Carrboro’s Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources Department and the support of the Carrboro Arts Committee and the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority.

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