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An Anniversary of Verse: N.C. Poetry Society Celebrates 80th Year with Statewide Readings

BOONE—2012 marks the 80th anniversary of the North Carolina Poetry Society, and the society and its friends and members are celebrating with a series of readings across the state organized by and featuring N.C.’s most prestigious poets.

It all begins with the state’s current Poet Laureate, Joseph Bathanti, on Nov. 29. The reading and “open mic” to be held at 3:30 p.m. at Appalachian State University’s Scholars Bookshop will include Hilda Downer and Lynn Doyle, poets and professors from Appalachian. University students and members of Boone and surrounding communities are invited to participate in the open mic portion of the program.

Six other readings will be held Dec. 1.

In Charlotte, Myers Park Baptist Church will host Tony Abbott, Morri Creech, Annalee Kwochka, Alan Michael Parker, Dannye Romine Powell, David Radavich and Lisa Zerkle for a 2 p.m. reading.

The Regulator Bookshop in Durham will feature readings by Betty Adcock, Noel Crook and Marylin Hervieux also at 2 p.m.

Former state Poet Laureate Kay Byer will host Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Joe Mills and Julie Suk at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva at 3 p.m.

Another former state Poet Laureate, Fred Chappell, will be featured along with Malaika King Albrecht, Terry Kennedy, Val Nieman and John Thomas York at the Community Arts Café in Winston-Salem at 2 p.m.

Peter Makuck and Mark Cox will read at St. Francis by the Sea in Salter Path at 4 p.m.

Shelby Stephenson, Alex Albright, Marty Silverthorne, and Jim Clark will participate in a marathon reading from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the R.A. Fountain General Store in Fountain.