Friday 10/15 7-8:30pm ET – Zoom Poetry Writing Workshop led by Crystal Simone Smith

Crystal Simone Smith

Join us for an online poetry workshop.

In this interactive workshop, take your poetry to the next level through the leadership of Crystal Simone Smith! She will also be sharing a poem.

Constraint and Freedom: Re-Envisioning Form

When we undertake the task of writing a poem we first consider form. Most contemporary poets slant heavily towards free verse as fixed forms require particular rules. Rather we are writing a poem for self-expression or as a political gesture, forms can feel constraining.  In this workshop, we will consider and examine the liberating and universal qualities of form. We will explore a range of traditional and experimental forms with the goal of re-envisioning our collaborations with structure. Poets of all levels of experience are welcome!

Group poem: Why Do I Write?  ~  Group chat

Saturday 10/16, 3pm-4:45pm ET Poetry in the Round

Pictured here is Poetry in the Round at Carrboro Day, 2019, in the Boardroom at Carrboro Town Hall

Join us at the Carrboro Town Commons aka Farmer’s Market for an open mic, featuring YOU!

Former Carrboro Poet Laureate, Gary Phillips will host as we share one poem a piece as we travel around the poet’s circle. All activities will be outdoors and masking is requested to keep all of our poets safe.

4:45 pm ET Community Poem debuts on Festival Website

Last year we debuted the chance for our community to participate in writing a collective poem. This year, we’ve brought it back!

Submit your poem here.

Read the 2020 Festival version of the community poem, Edited by Elly Bookman

Instructions about how to participate in this year’s poem will be online October 1, 2021!

5pm – 6:45pm ET Featured Poets Reading

Poet Laureates

Featured Poets:

  • William Davis, Poet Laureate of Hillsborough
  • Patrick Herron, Carrboro Poetry Festival Founder
  • Fred Joiner, Poet Laureate of Carrboro
  • Gary Phillips, former Poet Laureate of Carrboro
  • Celisa Steele, former Poet Laureate of Carrboro
  • CJ Suitt, Poet Laureate of Chapel Hill

We will also be featuring YouTube videos of these poets online.

See you in October!