National Poetry Month Looms Large for Hickory


April is National Poetry Month, and during the month Hickory will host no fewer than 9 poets at events sponsored by Lenoir Rhyne University, the North Carolina Poetry Society, Poetry Hickory, and Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse.

The first event is a Book Release Party for local poet, Kelly DeMaegd, at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 5, at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse in downtown Hickory. DeMaegd is a Pushcart-nominated poet who has been published in Wild Goose Poetry Review, Vox Poetica, Your Daily Poem and Bloodshot Journal of Contemporary Culture. Her book, Wish and Spit is her first book of poetry, and was a finalist in this year's Main Street Rag Book Competition.

The monthly Poetry Hickory for April will take place at 7:00 on Tuesday, April 11, at Taste Full Beans and will feature Asheville poet, Kathy Nelson, and award-winning poet and Guilford College professor, Sandra Ann Winters. Nelson's new book is "Whose Names Have Slipped Away," from Finishing Line Press. Winters' new release is "The Place Where I Left You" from Salmon Press. Winters will teach a workshop entitled "Lining Our Thoughts," exploring what makes a poem, from 5:00 to 6:00. Participation in the workshop will cost $10, and pre-registration is required. Contact Scott Owens at 828-234-4266.

The third reading in the new University Community Poetry Series, sponsored by Lenoir Rhyne University and Poetry Hickory, will take place at Taste Full Beans Thursday evening, April 27, at 7:00, and in the Lenoir Rhyne University Library Colloquium Room Friday morning, April 28, at 9:00. The Thursday event will featured readings by Hickory poets, Scott Owens and Tim Peeler, Asheville poet, Keith Flynn, and Raleigh poet, Patrick Bizzaro. Friday morning the same readers will conduct a "reading in the round," a sort of conversation in poetry. Owens is a professor at LR and the author of 14 collections of poetry. Peeler is an instructor at CVCC and the author of more than a dozen books. Flynn is founding editor of "Asheville Poetry Review," and author of 7 collections of poetry. And Bizzaro is the author a dozen books and former professor at East Carolina University. Admission to both events is free and open to the public.

Finally, Lenoir Rhyne University and the NC Poetry Society will host Poetry Day in the Colloquium Room at Lenoir Rhyne from 11:30 to 3:30 on Saturday, April 29. The highlight of Poetry Day will be awarding poet, Jan Harrington, the Lena Shull Award for the best new book of poetry by a NC poet. Harrington will read from her work and conduct a workshop titled "Memory, Myth & Family: A Primal Source for Poems." Harrington will be joined by poet and NC School of the Arts Distinguished Professor, Joseph Mills, of Winston-Salem. Mills, the author of 6 collections of poetry, will read from his work and lead a workshop on prose poetry and flash fiction. Registration and a $10 fee for each workshop is required. Contact Scott Owens at 828-234-4266.

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