Readings and Events

Upcoming Events

Summer Sonnets Piedmont Laureate Reading –  Orange County Public Library 
137 W Margaret Ln, Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
6:00 PM

Educator Trek: Find Your Muse on the Millpond –  NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Robertson’s Millpond
Saturday, November 11, 2017
12:30-5:00 pm

Favorite Piedmont Poems Project Recording – Durham Art Walk Holiday Market
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Author’s Tea – Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library
Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Thursday, December 14, 2017
3:30-5:00 pm

Holiday Card Making – Third Friday Art Walk
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701
Friday, December 15, 2017
5:00-8:00 pm

Past 2017 Events

State of Arts & Culture in Wake County
January 10, 2017
4:00 PM
Reception to Follow
North Carolina Museum of Art Auditorium (East Building)
Join us as the United Arts Council of Raleigh presents:

Plus performances, including excerpt of Raleigh Little Theatre’s “The Whipping Man” and Billy Jonas’s “Everybody’s in the Band”

Free and open to the public.

Innovative Approaches to Revision: A Poetry Workshop with Mimi Herman
Orange County Public Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, NC 2727
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Saturday, March 11, 2017
1:00-4:00 pm
Hydroplaning, expansion and contraction, pick-up sticks and Jenga – explore new ways to revise old poems. Bring a poem that’s driving you crazy and join us to find your way to saying what you really want to say the way you really want to say it in this revision workshop.  Please call 919-245-2536 to register.

Poetry Party at Duke Gardens – Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:30 am to 12:00 noon
Join Mimi Herman, 2017 Piedmont Laureate, at Duke Gardens to celebrate spring through nature and poetry. In ancient Japan, poets traveled miles for poetry parties. We’ll travel to the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum for our inspiration and collaborate to write a 100-stanza Haikai no Renga style of poem, considered the origin of modern haiku. No poetry experience or knowledge of Japanese needed, just the desire to enjoy nature and beauty in great company. If you’d like to practice in advance, check out Mimi’s blog at https://piedmontlaureate.org/blog/ on March 29th. All ages and writing abilities welcome! Meet at the Doris Duke Center to be escorted to the poetry party.

Art & Poetry Treasure Hunt- Second Friday Chapel Hill/Carrboro Art Walk
The ArtsCenter, 300 G East Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510
Friday, April 14, 2017
6:00-7:30 pm—Art & Poetry Treasure Hunt
8:00-9:00 pm—Art Poem Open Mic
Looking for poetry? Art? Smart, interesting people? Join Mimi Herman, 2017 Piedmont Laureate, at The ArtsCenter for a free Art and Poetry Treasure Hunt.  Enjoy an evening of writing ekphrastic poetry (poems about art) on Friday,April 14th as you wander the galleries featured in Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk.

Drop by The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main Street in Carrboro, any time between 6:00 and 7:30 pm to pick up your treasure map, a notepad and pen, and the secret directions to create your poems. You might write a love letter from one piece of art to another, or tell us what’s happening just beyond the borders of that intriguing photograph you saw. At 8:00 pm, we’ll meet back at The ArtsCenter for an open mic reading, to share the treasures you’ve created.

Whether you’ve been writing poems all your life, or your poetry career came to an abrupt halt at “Roses are red,” we’d love to have you join us! Free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

Poetry Night and Open Mic Reading- First Friday Raleigh Art Walk
United Arts Council, 410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170, Raleigh, NC 27603
Please note that although the address is Glenwood Ave, the entrance and parking lot are on Tucker Street, which crosses Glenwood Avenue. For directions, please call (919) 839-1498.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Join us for a delightful evening of hands-on poetry. We’ll explore two different types of poetry– ekphrasis (poems about art) and word bowl poetry – with Mimi as your guide, then share our poems in an open mic reading. Poetry night is open to brand-new and experienced poets of all ages. Bring your best friend, your children, your great-aunt Edna, and discover how easy and fun it is to write poetry.
Free and open to the public. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.

Arts Access “A Series of Fortunate Events” Authors Reading
United Arts Council, 410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170, Raleigh NC 27603
Sunday, May 7, 2017
2:00-4:00 pm
Authors R.V Kuser, Kelly Bouldin Darmofal, Barton + Megan Cutter will discuss their books, and what it means to write your own narrative as a person living with disabilities. This discussion will be moderated by Piedmont Laureate, Mimi Herman. http://www.fortunateevents.org/ for more information.

Poetry Night – Word Bowl Poetry, Art Poetry Treasure Hunt and Open Mic
Last Friday Hillsborough Art Walk
Margaret Lane Gallery, 121 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Friday, May 26, 2017
6:00-8:00 pm—Word Bowl Poetry and Art Poetry Treasure Hunt
8:00-9:00 pm—Open Mic with Mimi Herman, Piedmont Laureate
Join us for a delightful evening of hands-on poetry. We’ll explore two different types of poetry–word bowl poetry and ekphrasis (poems about art)  – with Mimi as your guide, then share our poems in an open mic reading. Poetry night is open to brand-new and experienced poets of all ages. Bring your best friend, your children, your great-aunt Edna, and discover how easy and fun it is to write poetry. Free and open to the public.

Flirting with Your Reader: A Workshop for All Writers
South Regional Durham Public Library – Meeting Room
June 15, 2017
7:00-8:30 pm
Do you find yourself writing wallflower prose? Does your poetry sometimes feel heavy-handed, shy, unable to charm even your Aunt Gladys? Find the part of you that is marvelous and mysterious. Learn to sustain a certain intrigue and read your reader. Mimi Herman – writer, teacher and flirt extraordinaire – will help you pull your prose and poetry out of the corner and onto the dance floor. Complete strangers will follow you for blocks, begging for the privilege of whisking you off to Paris (their treat, of course).
Contact Jenny Levine at 919-560-0268 or jelevine@dconc.gov for more information.
Free and open to the public.

Flirting with Your Reader Workshop
East Durham Public Library, 211 Lick Creek Lane, Durham, NC 27703
Saturday, July 15, 2017
2:00-4:00 PM
Do you find yourself writing wallflower prose? Does your poetry sometimes feel heavy-handed, shy, unable to charm even your Aunt Gladys? Find the part of you that is marvelous and mysterious. Learn to sustain a certain intrigue and read your reader. Mimi Herman – writer, teacher and flirt extraordinaire – will help you pull your prose and poetry out of the corner and onto the dance floor. Complete strangers will follow you for blocks, begging for the privilege of whisking you off to Paris (their treat, of course).
Contact Phil Locey at plocey@dconc.gov for more information. Free and open to the public.

Word Bowl Poetry for 1st-5th Graders
Fuquay-Varina Community Library, 133 S. Fuquay Avenue, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

Thursday, August 17, 2017
4:30-5:00 PM
Kindergarteners through fifth grade students, bring your families to the library to learn a fun and easy way to make poems with Piedmont Laureate Mimi Herman. Close your eyes, pick a handful of words from Mimi’s magical word bowl, and let the poetry fun begin! For more information, contact Judy Packer at Judy.Packer@wakegov.com. Free and open to all students from kindergarten through fifth grade and their families.