Thu 10/12 7pm-8:30pm: Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Reading and Open Mic featuring the winners of the Flyleaf Poetry Contest
Join is in celebrating the winners of the Flyleaf Poetry Contest! We'll have readings from the winners and, after a short break, there will be a poetry open mic. Please sign up to read no later than 6:45 pm. Each open mic reader will be limited to no more than a page of poetry. There’s an informal get-together before the reading at 6:30pm next door at Root Cellar.
Valerie Nieman is the first place winner. Her second poetry collection, Hotel Worthy, was published in 2015. Her awards include the Greg Grummer, Nazim Hikmet, and Byron Herbert Reece poetry prizes, and her work has been selected for several anthologies, including Eyes Burning at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry from West Virginia from West Virginia University Press (2017) and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Anthology, University of Georgia Press (2018). She is now working on a hybrid manuscript of poetry and travel writing/memoir based on a month of solo hiking in Scotland.
Hannah VanderHart, the second place winner, lives in Durham, NC. She has her MFA from George Mason University and is currently at Duke writing her dissertation on Renaissance women poets in England. She has poems forthcoming in UCity Review.
Caren Stuart, honorable mention, has been published in numerous journals and anthologies and she frequently shares her work at the First Thursday Poetry and Prose Open Mics she co-hosts at Karma Boutique and Coffee Shop in Sanford, NC. She lives in the wilds of Southern Chatham County with her husband, a dog, and a cat, where she writes poetry and fiction.
Cal Nordt, honorable mention, returned to poetry after 35 years founding a company, a church parish and a kid’s wrestling club. He founded poetrySPARK and led it twice. His first poem, “Physics,” won awards and was published several times, recently in Poems in Plain Sight. He majored in English at Yale cum laude and was All-Ivy in Track for three years. Cal serves on the Board of the NC Poetry Society.
Ann Garbett, contest judge, is Emerita Professor of English at Averett University, where she taught creative writing (as well as Chaucer and Shakespeare) for over thirty years. A past president of the North Carolina Poetry Society and chair of the Society’s Brockman Campbell book contest, she also spent ten years leading the poetry workshop offered by Duke University Continuing Education. Her poems have appeared in various journals including Prairie Schooner.