Poetry GSO

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Randall Jarrell

Poetry GSO 2017 Begins in April

Some Poetry GSO 2017 programs include:

  • Readings by local and featured poets 
  • High School Poet Laureates Program
  • International Poetry Night
  • Pop-up poetry displays in the community
  • Teen and children's programs 
  • Poem in Your Pocket Day
  • Poetry workshops. 

Monday Night Poetry  

Come to the Central Library on the third Monday night of each month for themed open-mic events and occasional special guests. 

Poetry Out Loud

On March 4, high school students from across the state will come to Central Library and dramatically recite poems from memory. The winner will qualify for the national competition held in Washington DC.


View calendars from Poetry GSOs past:
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Featured Websites

North Carolina Poetry Society -- Since 1932, the North Carolina Poetry Society has existed as an all-volunteer organization especially for poets and friends of poetry. The Poetry Society holds regular meetings three times a year in Southern Pines' Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities. They also sponsor the annual Sam Ragan Poetry Festival, many annual contests for adults and students, and other programs.

Poets.org -- The academy hosts a wealth of online resources including discussion forums, pedagogical and critical essays about poetry, lesson plans, biographic profiles of poets, and thousands of poems. 

Teen Poetry: Expanded Poetry Resources -- Funded in part by the generous donations of Poets.org readers, a teen home page has been created featuring reading recommendations, writing advice, spotlight audio and video recordings, as well as opportunities to get involved in grassroots poetry projects.