Today a handful of poets chosen for the Poetry in Plain Sight project gathered at a quarterly reading at the beautiful Forsyth County Library in downtown Winston-Salem.
I was honored to stand beside such talented poets and read my work at this special event, which was emceed by Kevin Watson of Press 53. After the reading, we all gathered with a copy of our poem for a group picture.
This year, the project has expanded beyond Winston-Salem to New Bern, so it is truly a statewide initiative! The program is directed by Donna Wallace and sponsored by Winston-Salem Writers (which launched it in 2013), the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, N.C. Poetry Society, N.C. Writers Network, and Press 53.
Interested in submitting your own poem for the next round? Poetry in Plain Sight welcomes poetry submissions from any North Carolina resident. Click here for guidelines and submission instructions. Submissions will open again on October 1, 2018.
Interested in volunteering or bringing Poetry in Plain Sight to your community? Visit Poetry in Plain Sight and find out how.
We are so fortunate in our state to have such a vibrant AND innovative arts culture! And there’s no better example than Poetry in Plain Sight, a statewide poetry initiative that brings poetry front and center into the lives of countless citizens every day. Every month, short poems by North Carolina poets are published on posters (yes, I said POSTERS!) which are then displayed by progressive entrepreneurs in the windows of their businesses.
I was so thrilled to be chosen as a July poet. Here I pose in front of my poem “Consider the Spider,” which is posted on the doors of Fourth & Trade, a terrific art gallery on the corner of Fourth and Trade in downtown Winston-Salem. (Note the sign: “Leased Pets Welcome”!!!)
This year, the project has expanded beyond Winston-Salem to Waynesville and New Bern, so it is truly a statewide initiative! It’s directed by Donna Wallace and sponsored by Winston-Salem Writers (which launched it in 2013), the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, N.C. Poetry Society, N.C. Writers Network, and Press 53.
Below are close-ups of “Spider,” along with the work of other poets we discovered on a “poetry crawl” through Winston-Salem the other day. Pardon the glare — these pictures are no substitute for seeing the poems in person! So I hope you will take a journey yourself to the arts districts of either Winston-Salem, New Bern or Waynesville very soon. Also, consider attending the quarterly reading on Saturday, August 11. All Summer 2018 poets will read at the Forsyth County Library (Downtown Winston-Salem) from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.