Past Festivals

2015 Friday Night Reading for West End Poetry Festival

Over the last decade, many poets from North Carolina and beyond have participated in the West End Poetry Festival. Participants have included finalists for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; winners of the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Los Angeles Book Prize, the Oregon Book Award, and the Pushcart Prize; recipients of fellowships Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts; and too many other accolades to easily list here.

Festival Themes 2012 to Present

  • 2012—Fresh Picked Poetry
  • 2013   Poetry and Nature
  • 2014   Poetry of Place
  • 2015   Tenth Anniversary:   Celebrations, Milestones and Marking Time in Poetry 
  • 2016   Poetry and Healing
  • 2017    Poetry of Resistance
  • 2018    Intersections
  • 2019    Citizen poet:  Work and Reconciliation
  • 2020    Poetry for a Change
  • 2021   United Poetry Service
  • 2022   Music in Poetry

Participants have also included poets at the beginning of their writing career with few, if any, publishing credits. The festival aims to be broadly representative of poets and poetry.

Some programs from the most recent festivals are available as PDFs