Readings and Events

Upcoming Events

Innovative Approaches to Revision: A Poetry Workshop with Mimi Herman
Orange County Public Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, NC 2727
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 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 to 7:30 pm—Art & Poetry Treasure Hunt
8:00 to 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! All ages are welcome.

Arts Access “A Series of Fortunate Events” – Piedmont Laureate will moderate “An Afternoon with Authors” – UAC Conference Room & Gallery
Sunday, May 7, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 pm

Science, Paddling and Poetry Workshop with NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Details TBA

Durham Public Library – South Regional Library
June 15, 2017
7:00 PM
Details TBA

Durham Public Library – East Regional Library
July 15, 2017
2:00 PM
East Regional Writing Group

Science, Paddling and Poetry Workshop with NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Details TBA






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.