April 12, 2014—Carrboro Poetica
At our next program, the group of 5 poets known as Carrboro Poetica will read from their poems. Sara Claytor is a former teacher of literature, writing, and communication at various NC universities and public school systems. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in over 130 publications.
First prize for an essay won at age l2 cast the die for Phyllis Jean Green. It was decades before she was able to write regularly, but acceptance was quick, and 69 years later, her credits include countless poems, stories, and articles, a biography, and the occasional award, and says they’re for starters.
Barbara Kenyon, a retired professional flutist, gathers her inspiration from her music, family and friends. She has taught poetry classes at the Carrboro Arts Center and was Hillsborough’s Poet Laureate during 2012/2013.
Susan Spalt, a retired school health coordinator who achieved some fame for writing the school district’s lice policy in rhymed couplets, is fond of saying that her work required her to get people of all ages to do what they really didn’t want to do. Her poem, “Carrboro Rocks,” was set to music by Billy Sugarfix in 2011 and played at the Carrboro Centennial.
Celisa Steele is managing director at Tagoras, a company whose research and consulting focuses on lifelong learning. She has served on the board of the NC Poetry Society and the Poetry Council of NC and is the current Poet Laureate of Carrboro.
These five poets have won numerous awards for their prose and their poetry—it will be a special treat to finish our year hearing them read their work. They will bring their poetry collections to sell in case you are interested in adding them to your collection. Our next meeting is also our annual potluck lunch, so please sign up to bring a dish, and plan on coming and having a good time.
Don’t forget—we are meeting in the Chapel Hill Public Library which is on 100 Library Dr. right off N. Estes Drive.
We normally meet the third Saturday of each month. Our meetings begin at 10:30 A.M. with socializing and snacks from 10:00 on.