Thursday, April 11, 2013

NC Poetry Society 81st Anniversary Reading at Malaprops in Asheville, Sunday, 4/14, 3:00

Start: 04/14/2013 3:00 pm

Local North Carolina Poetry Society poets Kathy Ackerman, Michael Beadle, Scott Owens and Kathy Weisfeld will join host Pat Riviere-Seel to help celebrate the NCPS’s 81st year. The NCPS, begun in Charlotte, NC, in 1932 and incorporated in 1966, supports, promotes and brings poets together through meetings, workshops, contests, publications, mentoring programs and more. Come hear some of the poets from Western NC read their poems and discover what the NCPS can do for you and your poetry.

Kathy Ackerman grew up in Northwest Ohio but has lived in the Carolinas since 1984. She has published three poetry chapbooks: The Time It Takes (Finishing Line Press); Crossbones and Princess Lace (NCWN Mary Belle Campbell Poetry Chapbook Award); and Knock Wood (Main Street Rag) as well as a critical biography of Olive Tilford Dargan, The Heart of Revolution (University of Tennessee Press). Her latest poetry book, Coal River Road, will soon be published by Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama. She is Writer-in-Residence and the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC, and resides in Tryon.

Michael Beadle is an award-winning poet, author and teaching artist living in Canton, NC. His poems have been published in journals and anthologies such as The New Southerner, Sow's Ear, and Wild Goose Poetry Review. Since 1998, he has been performing original, contemporary and classical poetry at schools, festivals and special events. As a North Carolina A+ Fellow and touring writer-in-residence, Michael teaches writing and arts integration workshops for students and teachers across the state. He is the author of three poetry chapbooks, one poetry CD, and four books on Haywood County history. Last summer, Michael spent a fun-filled week at the NC Zoo in Asheboro as a poet-in-residence. He also serves as Student Contest Director for the NC Poetry Society.

Scott Owens’ tenth collection of poetry, Shadows Trail Them Home, was recently published by Clemson University Press. He is the author of more than 1200 published poems and his prior work has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Next Generation/Indie Lit Awards, the NC Writers Network, the NC Poetry Society, and the Poetry Society of SC. He is the founder of Poetry Hickory, editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review and 234, and vice president of the NC Poetry Society. Born and raised in Greenwood, SC, he currently teaches at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC.

Pat Riviere-Seel, a past President of the NCPS, is the author of two poetry collections. The Serial Killer’s Daughter (Main Street Rag, 2009) won the North Carolina and Historical Society’s Roanoke-Chowan Award. No Turning Back Now (Finishing Line Press, 2004) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2012 she was selected as a Poet-in-Residence at the NC Zoo and received a creative residency fellowship from the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, Georgia. She earned her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.

Kathy Weisfeld lives in Burnsville, NC. Her poems have been published in WNC Woman and The Great Smokies Review. After a long hiatus, she began writing again to express the grief of her partner's death and the muse has returned in many guises. She volunteers for Yancey Hospice and The Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center. She was chosen to be mentored by Joseph Bathanti as part of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series 2012.


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Here Comes the Slam


The Poetry Council of North Carolina has sponsored a series of contests for NC poets for 61 years. Three years ago the Council added a poetry slam to its annual contests. On April 20 the Council will hold its third slam as part of Poetry Day at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory.

A slam is not exactly “your father’s poetry reading.” A slam is a contest of live performances of poems with an emphasis on the “performance” element. The first competition known to be called a slam, took place in Chicago in 1986.

Poems entered into a slam can run the gamut from traditional formal poetry to avant garde performance poems, from the personal to the political, from inspirational spoken word to riveting dramatic monologue.

The rules are simple. The poem must be an original composition of the performer. The performance can last no more than 3 minutes, and no props, costumes, or background music is permitted. Judges are chosen randomly from the audience.

The Poetry Council Poetry Day Slam has a $5 entry fee and prizes of $35, $25, and $15. Up to three Honorable Mentions may also be selected by the judge. Poetry Day is attended by a diverse, multi-aged audience, so slam poems are pre-screened for appropriateness.

To enter the Poetry Day Poetry Slam, the poem, and name, address, phone number, and email address of the performing poet should be emailed to Shane Manier at Registration may be allowed at Poetry Day, but no more than 20 performers will be allowed to enter the contest.

Poetry Day activities begin at 9:30 and conclude at 3:00 and will include readings by all of the Poetry Council’s annual contest winners. Visit for more information.

Bob Moyer, Slammaster of the Winston-Salem Poetry Slam and drama instructor at the NC School of the Arts, won the first Poetry Council Poetry Slam with his performance of “Things Fall Out of My Father.”

by Bob Moyer

his partial plate lands on the place mat
we look at it we look at him he
gives a gap-toothed grin we
smile my mother and I

things fall
out of my father
he dwindles day by day the earth draws him nearer to her
the body of a ten year old
the voice of a five year old floats up from the back seat
are we there yet we
smile my mother and I

fall out of my father
a brown stain runs down the back of his pant leg
he cups his hand under his butt as he dances hi
anorexic two-step towards the restaurant restroom
past the waitress scraping garbage showing cleavage
she doesn’t mean to she doesn’t see me she doesn’t see
him but my father thinks everybody sees him

and I don’t know what to do when
things fall out of my father

I find the answer aisle ten bob and carl’s supermarket
adult medium sized diapers I buy them take them home
in the dim light of the dining room my father’s son
puts a diaper on him the plastic elastic replicates
the wrinkle in his skin

I’ve come full cycle haven’t I he says we
smile my father and I

and then my father says the thing that makes me see what to do when
things fall out of my father –

people write poems about things like this don’t they