Carrboro’s Premier Poetry Event

The West End Poetry Festival is scheduled to be held on October 14 & 15, 2022.

Theme – Music in Poetry

What is it that turns words into poetry? Poems don’t always have to rhyme, they can be in many different forms and of any length. What makes a poem a poem? It is finding the music in words which transforms prose into poetry. The essence of music can transform a page of sentences into poetry, one word, one line at a time.

Music in Poetry, a cinquain:

Slow down
find the music
in poetry. Just add
music to prose and it becomes
a poem.


Friday – October 14 – Carrboro Town Hall, 301 West Main St.

7pm-8:30pm – A poetry prompt workshop based on Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire with Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown. Please arrive at 6:30 for informal social time before the workshop.

Saturday – October 15 – Carrboro Century Center, 100 North Greensboro St. (Parking Map)

1:00pm – Greetings and opening remarks

1:30pm – 2:30pm – Recent book poets – Joan Barasovska, Cedric Tillman, Jacinta White, and Alana Dagenhart

2:30pm – 4:15pm – Poetry in the Round – led by Gary Phillips and Susan Spalt

4:15pm – 4:45pm – Community poem reading

5:00pm – 7:00pm – Featured poets – Alan Shapiro, Fred Joiner, Jessica Jacobs, Nickole Brown, and new Carrboro Poet Laureate (to be named later)

Here is our 2022 poster.

The 2021 West End Poetry Festival on the Carrboro Town Commons – photo by Allen Spalt

We hope to see you in October!