Winter Meeting on Saturday, January 13, 2018
Join us once again at Weymouth for the September meeting of the North Carolina Poetry Society. In the morning we will hear a reading by Irish-American poet Adrian Rice, followed by open mic. After lunch and tours the gardens, Mimi Herman will conduct a poetry workshop. You won’t want to miss another special day of poetry.
Order a box lunch if not paid in advance ($10, cash or check) until 10:10 a.m.
10:00 Business Meeting
Sam Barbee, President, NC Poetry Society, presiding
10:25 Susan Laughter Meyers Poetry Fellowship at Weymouth
Katrina Denza, Chair of the Weymouth Center Writers-in-Residence Program, and Janice Laughter Sullivan announce our new Susan Laughter Meyers Poetry Fellowship at Weymouth. This program honors the beloved memory of former NCPS president Susan Meyers, who passed away suddenly last June. To read the tribute to Susan, click here.
10:45 A Reading by Adrian Rice
11: 15 Open Mic
All attendees are encouraged to sign up to read a one-page poem and to support their fellow poets.
Socializing, walking in the gardens, perusing the book room.
1:00 A Workshop Led by Mimi Herman
Robert Frost once said, “Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.” Of course, many of us find that free verse offers its own challenges and rewards, but sometimes we may also want to play with the net up to see how it improves our game. Join 2017 Piedmont Laureate Mimi Herman in a hands-on workshop on how to write a sestina.
Biographies of the Presenters
Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Adrian Rice graduated from the University of Ulster with a B.A. in English & Politics and M.Phil. in Anglo-Irish Literature. His poems first appeared in Muck Island (1990), a collaboration with leading Irish artist, Ross Wilson. The Mason’s Tongue (1999) was short-listed for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Literary Prize, nominated for the Irish Times Prize for Poetry, and translated into Hungarian. His family have settled in Hickory, from where he commutes to Boone for doctoral studies at Appalachian State University. The Clock Flower(2013) and Hickory Station (2015) are both published by Press 53, as will be The Strange Estate: New & Selected Poems 1990-2018 next year.
Mimi Herman is the 2017 North Carolina Piedmont Laureate, a Kennedy Center teaching artist, and the author of Logophiliaand The Art of Learning. Since 1990, she has engaged over 25,000 students and teachers in writing poetry and fiction, as well as providing private coaching and editing. Mimi holds a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. She has performed her poetry and fiction at venues ranging from Why There Are Words in Sausalito, California, to Symphony Space in New York City. With her partner, John Yewell, she offers Writeaways writing retreats for writers in France, Italy, and North Carolina.