North Carolina

In 1935, North Carolina established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Jaki Shelton Green. Green is the author of several books of poetry, including I Want to Undie You (Jacar Press, 2017).

upcoming events

date
Apr 06 2019
Transformation through the Power of Expression

An experimental, interactive, Benjamin Bards Workshop facilitated by poet Sage Chioma blends storytelling, poetry, prose, and music with cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and reflective listening to re-frame core issues while building support. The workshop provides an atmosphere of relaxation, empathy, and self-healing. To register call 336-373-7540.

2:30pm to 5:30pm
1530 Benjamin Parkway
27408 Greensboro, North Carolina
Apr 18 2019
Benjamin Bards: A Poetry Workshop

Join us once a month for a free discussion based workshop for poets of all skill levels from teens to adults. Learn about forms and techniques, read and study published authors, and bring and share your own works for constructive criticism. Each month will focus on different topics or give you a chance to work on revisions. To register call 336-373-7540.

7:00pm to 8:30pm
1530 Benjamin Parkway
27408 Greensboro, North Carolina
May 16 2019
Benjamin Bards: A Poetry Workshop

Join us once a month for a free discussion based workshop for poets of all skill levels from teens to adults. Learn about forms and techniques, read and study published authors, and bring and share your own works for constructive criticism. Each month will focus on different topics or give you a chance to work on revisions. To register call 336-373-7540.

7:00pm to 8:30pm
1530 Benjamin Parkway
27408 Greensboro, North Carolina

recent & featured listings

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Conference Writers' Week Symposium North Carolina
Literary Organization Winston-Salem Writers North Carolina
Writing Program Warren Wilson College North Carolina
Small Press Wake Forest University Press North Carolina
Small Press University of North Carolina Press North Carolina
Writing Program The University of North Carolina, Wilmington North Carolina
Writing Program The University of North Carolina, Greensboro North Carolina
Writing Program The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill North Carolina
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The Regulator Bookshop North Carolina
Literary Magazine The Pedestal Magazine North Carolina

poems

poem
In the moon-fade and the sun’s puppy breath,
  in the crow’s plummeting cry,
in my broken foot and arthritic joints,
                                       memory calls me
to the earth’s opening, the graves dug, again, and again 
I, always I am left
                   to turn away
into a bat’s wing-brush of air
poem
There was no water at my grandfather's
when I was a kid and would go for it
with two zinc buckets. Down the path,
past the cow by the foundation where
the fine people's house was before
they arranged to have it burned down.
To the neighbor's cool well. Would
come back with pails too heavy,
so my mouth pulled out
poem
Fuss, fight, and cutting the huckley-buck—Dear Malindy, 
Underground, must I always return to the country of the dead,

To the coons catting about in the trees, the North Carolina pines 
Chattering about sweetening bodies in their green whirring?

Do these letters predict my death—