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October 19, 2023 - October 21, 2023
5:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Carrboro, NC 27510
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West End Poetry Festival

Thursday, October 19, 2023

2023 West End Poetry Festival: Community

Thursday, October 19 - Luna (307 E. Main St. Carrboro, NC 27510)

5:45-8:00 p.m. Carrboro Poets Council Feature and Open Mic
-Fred Joiner, Former Carrboro Poet Laureate
-Gideon Young
-Chad Knuth
-Susan Spalt
-Liza Wolff-Francis, Carrboro Poet Laureate, as MC

Friday, October 20 - The ArtsCenter (400 Roberson St. Carrboro, NC 27510)

4:30-5:30 p.m. Youth Workshop with Jaki Shelton Green
7:00-8:00 p.m. Carrboro Poet Laureate, Liza Wolff-Francis in poetic conversation with Ina Cariño and Len Lawson
8:00-8:30 p.m. Open Mic
8:30-9:30 p.m. Wine Reception (cash bar)

Saturday, October 21 - Carrboro Century Center (100 N. Greensboro St. Carrboro, NC 27510)

10:00-11:15 a.m. Coffee, biscuits and Poetry in the Round
11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Break for lunch. Go explore the many delicious restaurants around downtown Carrboro!
12:45 p.m. Welcome from Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils
1:00 p.m. Poets Laureate Reading
  • Carrboro Poet Laureate Liza Wolff-Francis
  • Chapel Hill Poet Laureate Cortland Gilliam
  • Piedmont Poet Laureate Dasan Ahanu
  • Durham Poet Laureate DJ Rogers
  • Charlotte Poet Laureate Jay Ward
  • North Carolina Poet Laureate: Jaki Shelton Green
2:45-3:45 p.m. Poetry Writing Generative Workshop with Ross White
3:45-4:30 p.m. Coffee and snacks provided
4:30-5:30 p.m. New Book Poets Reading
  • Corrie Lynn White
  • Ross White
  • Len Lawson
  • Ina Cariño
  • Jan Harington
5:45 p.m. Light dinner fare provided by Carrburritos
6:45 p.m. Community Poem Reading: We need your words to help create the 2023 Carrboro Community Poem! This year's theme is COMMUNITY. Submit your words for the 2023 Carrboro Community Poem here: https://www.carrboronc.gov/2813/2023-Community-Poem-Instructions

Saturday, October 21 - Steel String Brewery (106A S. Greensboro St. Carrboro, NC 27510)

7:00-9:00 p.m. Poetry Slam hosted by Dasan Ahanu
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