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 night (7pm – 8:30 pm) – October 14

Poetry Prompt Workshop with Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown – on Zoom

Saturday – October 15

2:00pm – 3:00pm – * Recent book poets – Joan Barasovska, Cedric Tillman, Jacinta White, and Alana Dagenhart

3:00pm – 4:45pm – * Poetry in the Round – led by Gary Phillips and Susan Spalt

5:00pm – 5:15pm – * Community poem reading.

5:30pm – 7:00pm – * Featured poets – Alan Shapiro, Fred Joiner, Jessica Jacobs, Nickole Brown, and new Carrboro Poet Laureate (to be named later)

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

We hope to see you in October!

* Covid Policy: The West End Poetry Festival welcomes you to our hybrid event.  We have designed the festival to be an event where you can share poems–and nothing else!

The following COVID practices will be observed:

Attendees all events will be spaced 6 feet apart and must be masked.

Poets reading in Poetry in the Round will be spaced approximately 6 feet apart and must be masked except when they are reading.

Hand sanitizer, masks and mic covers will be available at the festival.

In the case of inclement weather the festival will move to the Century Center.  Attendance will be limited to 75 and participants will be spaced at least 6 feet apart.

Individuals experiencing any symptoms, such as fever, cough, headache, are asked to stay home.