Readings and Events

Upcoming Events

Art & Poetry Treasure Hunt- First Friday Raleigh Art Walk
United Arts Council, 410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170
Raleigh, NC 27603
Friday, May 5, 2017

6:00-7:30 pm—Art & Poetry Treasure Hunt: Drop by the United Arts Council to pick up your treasure map, notepad and pen, and the secret directions to create your poems.

8:00-9:00 pm—Art Poem Open Mic: Return to the United Arts Council Gallery to read some of the poems you’ve created in your gallery wanderings.
Free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

Looking for poetry? Art? Smart, interesting people? Join Mimi Herman, 2017 Piedmont Laureate, at The United Arts Council for a free Art and Poetry Treasure Hunt.  Enjoy an evening of writing ekphrastic poetry (poems about art) on Friday, May 5th as you wander the galleries featured in Raleigh’s First Friday ArtWalk.

Drop by United Arts Council, 410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170 in Raleigh, 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 United Arts Council Gallery 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.

Arts Access “A Series of Fortunate Events” Authors Reading
United Arts Council, 410 Glenwood Ave #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.

Art & Poetry Treasure Hunt – Last Friday Hillsborough Art Walk
Margaret Lane Gallery, 121 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Friday, May 26, 2017
6:00-7:30 pm—Art & Poetry Treasure Hunt: Drop by Margaret Lane Gallery to pick up your treasure map, notepad and pen, and the secret directions to create your poems.

8:00-9:00 pm—Art Poem Open Mic: Return to Margaret Lane Gallery to read some of the poems you’ve created in your gallery wanderings.
Free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

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.

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.

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.