While cleaning out my box of photos today, I found this one taken at a NC Poetry Society gathering at the Weymouth Center in Southern Pines. My book Black Shawl had won the Society's annual Brockman-Campbell Award, judged by Billy Collins, and I was there to accept the award and give a poetry reading. From the left you can see me in an earlier version, Sally Buckner and Shelby Stephenson sitting side by side, and standing, Isabel Zuber. Sally has been one of our state's literary stalwarts, editing anthologies, teaching poetry, writing and publishing her own work. You will find a feature on her latest book, Collateral Damage, on our ncarts.org archive of Writers and Books. Shelby's latest book. Family Matters: Homage to July, won the Bellday Award and was featured on this blog just a few months ago. Look on the side bar, and you'll see that he was a Poet of the Week, as well. Isabel Zuber's two chapbooks are Oriflamb and Winter's Exile. Her full-length collection Red Lily is forthcoming from Press 53. Picador published her novel Salt a few years back.
The NC Poetry Society is a great group of writers and readers. If you haven't joined, please consider doing so. Go to their website, http://www.sleepycreek.org/poetry, and read their poem of the month, Borges and Me, by Maria C. Rouphail, take a look at their activities, and read news of their members. When you go to a NC Poetry Society event, you'll meet some of our best poets, like Sally, Shelby, and Isabel, as well as Pat Riviere-Seel, Bill Blackley, Susan Meyers, Bill Griffin and so on and so on into what seems like poetic infinity! And you'll have fun, too.
(Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humamnities, where the NCPS meets.)