CARRBORO, N.C. -- The 17th Annual West End Poetry Festival returns in person, Oct. 14-15, 2022. This year will provide all in-person events on Friday and Saturday at both Carrboro Town Hall and the Century Center. All events are free and open to the public.
Friday, Oct. 14 – Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St.
Poetry Prompt Workshop – 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Led by award winning poets Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown, this workshop is based on "Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire".
The workshop starts at 7 p.m., but plan to arrive 30 minutes early to enjoy some informal social time before the program.
Saturday, Oct. 16 – Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St.
Greeting and Opening Remarks - 1 p.m.
Poetry Readings – 1:30 p.m.
Recent book poets, Joan Barasovska, Cedric Tillman, Jacinta White, and Alanda Dagenhart will take the stage to read excerpts from their recent works.
Poetry in the Round – 2:30 – 4:15 p.m.
This event will be led by Gary Phillips and Susan Spalt. Everyone is invited to come and ready their poetry.
Community Poem Reading – 4:15 – 4:45 p.m.
The Community Poem, a complication edited by Abigail Browning and Liza Wolff- Francis from lines contributed by voices in our community, will be read. The prompt for the 2022 Community Poem was “Music in Poetry.”
Featured Poets’ Readings – 5 – 7 p.m.
Alan, Shapiro, Fred Joiner, Jessica Jacbos, Nicole Brown, and our new Carrboro Poet Laureate (to be named later) will share their poetry.
Carrboro Town Hall is located at 301 West Main St. in Carrboro. The Century Center is located at 100 North Greensboro St. in Carrboro.
For more information on the events and poets please visit the West End Poetry website: westendpoetryfestival.org
The West End Poetry Festival is funded by the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority and planned by the Carrboro Poets Council (Gideon Young, Liza Wolfe-Francis, Susan Spalt, Jay Bryan, Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner, Davis Lensch, Alexander Benedict and Paul Jones), with the assistance of Jackie Helvey and the staff of the Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources Department of the Town of Carrboro.