West End Poetry Festival

The 2014 West End Poetry Festival, sponsored by the Town of Carrboro, will be held in October 17 and October 18 and will feature nationally known poets as well as emerging voices.  Please join us for all or part of this free festival.

  • Friday, October 17, 6:30pm-8:30pm at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill
  • An opening reception and readings by five poets
  • Saturday, October 18, 12:00pm-8:30pm at the Century Center in Carrboro
  • An open workshop on form and its uses (even for free-verse poets), panel sessions on poetry and place, an open mic, a light dinner and reception, and a final reading featuring Cathy Smith Bowers, Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 2010 to 2012, and Celisa Steele, Carrboro's current Poet Laureate.

Poets participating in the 2014 West End Poetry Festival include Laurence Avery, Pam Baggett, Cathy Smith Bowers, Jay Bryan, Steve Cushman, Ann Deagon, David Treadway Manning, Joseph Mills, Gary Phillips, Alana Sherrill, Susan Spalt, Celisa Steele, Chris Tonelli, and Sharon Nyree Williams.
If you have questions about the Festival, please check the links in the left-hand column or, please contact Gary Phillips (email, 919-944-1075), Susan Spalt (email, 919-818-0687) or Celisa Steele (email, 919-451-0075).
Interested in keeping up with local poetry events and people? The Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department develops and distributes a bi-monthly West End Poets Newsletter. Find our current and archived newsletters by clicking on the link in the left-hand column.