Readings and Events

Upcoming Events

A Conversation
Saturday, August 25, 2018
2-3pm
East Regional Library, Durham
Conversation with Nora Gaskin of Lystra Books and Literary Services on the subject of traditional and independent publishing, both its advantages and disadvantages.

LitSpark
Saturday, September 15, 2018
6-7pm
City of Raleigh Museum | 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh
Readings by Nancy Peacock and poet Claire Hermann

Bookclub
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
10am-11am
North Regional Library, Durham
A Conversation with the Author on The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson

A Conversation
Sunday, September 30, 2018
3-4pm
North Regional Library, Durham
A Conversation with NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green on the importance of the historical novel.

Costume Writing Party
Sunday, October 21, 2018
2-4pm
Fuquay-Varina Arts Center
Join Nancy in a workshop designed to build fictional characters using clothes as a writing prompt. Come have fun and let your imagination run wild.

Panel Discussion
Sunday, November 18, 2018
2-4pm
Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh
A panel discussion on the effects of social media on writers with Nancy Peacock, Kim Church, Ralph Hardy, Michele Berger, Anna Jean Mayhew and Charles Fiore.

Past Events

Postcards from the Edge of Fiction
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
7-9pm
Fuquay-Varina Arts Center
Creating short stories using vintage postcards as prompts

Workshop
Monday, July 9, 2018
6-8pm
South Regional Library, Durham
Join Nancy in a workshop looking at creating character’s emotional lives

Panel Discussion
Saturday, June 9, 2018
4:00 – 6:00
Orange County Historical Museum, Hillsborough
How technology has changed for writers with Allan Gurganus and Chris Vitiello

Working With Characters’ Emotions
Monday, May 21, 2018
7:00 – 8:00
West Regional Library, Cary
Join Piedmont Laureate Nancy Peacock in a discussion and workshop on writing characters’ who do not fall flat on the page, and whose emotions are fully felt by the reader.

A Reading
Thursday, May 31, 2018
6:30 – 7:30
Cameron Village Library, Cary
Reading and discussion of “The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson”

A Conversation with Lee Smith
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
6:30 – 7:30
Orange County Main Library, Hillsborough
A conversation with Lee Smith on the subject of mentoring

Costume Writing Party
Monday, May 14, 2018
10:30- 12:30
Northeast Regional Library, Raleigh
Join Nancy in a workshop designed to build fictional characters using clothes as a writing prompt. Come have fun and let your imagination run wild.

Journeys, Real and Metaphorical
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
10:00 AM – noon
Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill
In this two-hour workshop, we’ll write about journeys we’ve taken, both real and metaphorical, as a way to begin a practice of using poetry to chronicle our lives. If you’ve never written a poem before, don’t be daunted: the workshop will be structured so that both experienced poets and new writers can learn and have fun as we craft our poems.

Poetry Reading Featuring Terri Greco, Beth Copeland, and Pam Baggett
Sunday, March 18, 2018
4:00 PM
Orange County Main Library, 137 Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
The North Carolina Poetry Society Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series pairs two poets with a mentor poet who critiques their work. Beth Copeland is this year’s Distinguished Poet for the central NC region. She will be reading with the two poets chosen for the series, Terri Greco and Pam Baggett. Copeland is the author of Transcendental Telemarketer and Traveling Through Glass. Greco’s work appears online at iamnotasilentpoet.wordpress.com, foragepoetry.com, and thegamblermag.com. Baggett’s chapbook, Wild Horses, was chosen as a runner-up in the Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest and will be published by Main Street Rag in 2018.

Postcards From the Edge of Fiction
March 25, 2018
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Sertoma Arts Center, Raleigh
Using postcards purchased in an antique shop, Nancy Peacock will lead a workshop on building fictional characters and brief stories intersecting travel and home. This workshop is for anyone new to the art of fiction and character development or any experienced writer wishing further exploration.

Journeys, Real and Metaphorical
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
1:00-3:00 PM
Passmore Center, 103 Meadowland Dr., Hillsborough
In this two-hour workshop, we’ll write about journeys we’ve taken, both real and metaphorical, as a way to begin a practice of using poetry to chronicle our lives. If you’ve never written a poem before, don’t be daunted: the workshop will be structured so that both experienced poets and new writers can learn and have fun as we craft our poems.

Reading of A Broom of One’s Own
March 11, 2018
4:00-6:00 PM
Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
Join us for a reading by the 2018 Piedmont Laureate, Nancy Peacock. Nancy will be reading from her book A Broom of One’s Own, the inspiration behind this month’s art exhibit, It’s All About the Story.

Second Thursday Poetry at Flyleaf Books
Thursday, March 8, 2018
7:00-8:30 PM
752 MLK Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill
Featured readers at the monthly Second Thursday Poetry series will be Bill Griffin and Tsitsi Jaji. An open mic follows. Poets may read one poem no more than a page long. An informal get-together at The Root Cellar next door begins at 6 p.m. 919-942-7373.

Peace of Mind: Poetry as a Friend on Life’s Journey
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
10:00 -11:00 AM
Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill
In less than a page, a poem can empathize with your hurts, your fears, your need for connection. It can make you laugh out loud or nod in recognition of a truth you needed to hear. It can be the deep breath you needed to take. In this forty-five minute lecture, Pam Baggett will share the work of poets who struggle with the same things you do, who know that to live is to juggle pain and happiness.

Peace of Mind: Poetry as a Friend on Life’s Journey
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
1:00 – 2:00 PM
Passmore Center, 103 Meadowland Drive, Hillsborough
In less than a page, a poem can empathize with your hurts, your fears, your need for connection. It can make you laugh out loud or nod in recognition of a truth you needed to hear. It can be the deep breath you needed to take. In this forty-five minute lecture, Pam Baggett will share the work of poets who struggle with the same things you do, who know that to live is to juggle pain and happiness.

The Friends of the Orange County Public Library Welcomes Nancy Peacock
February 26, 2018
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Reading and Reception
Orange County Public Library, Hillsborough
Join the friends of the Orange County Public Library in welcoming the 2018 Piedmont Laureate for a public reading and reception.

State of Arts & Culture in Wake County
January 16, 2018
4:00-6:00 PM
Reception to Follow
North Carolina Museum of Art Auditorium (East Building)
State of Arts and Culture is an opportunity to kick off the new year with the arts community! Free and open to the public, the event features awards, announcements, and performances. Following the program, join us at a reception in the adjacent lobby honoring the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Arts Council.

In partnership with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the Business Support of the Arts awards will be presented in four categories (large business, small business, individual/foundation, and arts education). Having received numerous worthy nominations, we look forward to highlighting the inspiring work of this year’s award winners.

The 2018 Piedmont Laureate (a novelist) will be announced as well. Each year, a Piedmont Laureate is selected by the program co-sponsors (United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, the Durham Arts Council and the Orange County Arts Commission) in a different literary genre.

Following up on the impressive data released this summer as Arts & Economic Prosperity V, the newest Creative Vitality Index has recently been released (based on 2016 federal data). The Creative Vitality Index looks at the creative jobs sector as a whole in our County and allows Wake to measure itself against other communities nationwide

Each year, several groups of youths perform at the event, which has come to be a highlight. You will not want to miss these special performances! 
unitedarts.org/events/state-of-arts-and-culture-in-wake-county

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 say 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.

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

Laureate’s Thanksgiving at the Orange County Public Library
137 West Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
7:00 pm
Join Piedmont Poets Laureate Emeritus James MaxeyKaty Munger, Scott Huler and 2017 Piedmont Laureate Mimi Herman for original stories of the things for which we’re thankful.

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
Join Museum Educators and Piedmont Poet Laureate Mimi Herman in an exploration of the connections between nature and writing. Discover an amazing swamp ecosystem as we paddle on beautiful Robertson Millpond in eastern Wake County, and use the beauty of nature and the wonder of science as a means to express yourself through poetry. This workshop is generously supported by the United Arts Council of Raleigh, the Raleigh Arts Commission, the Durham Arts Council and the Orange County Arts Commission.
To register, go to http://naturalsciences.org/calendar/event/millpond/

Hands-on Poems of Gratitude – Durham Art Walk Holiday Market
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701

Saturday, November 18, 2017
1:30-3:30 pm

A Gathering of Laureates
Mordecai House, 1 Mimosa St. Raleigh, NC 27604
Saturday, December 9, 2017
10:00 am-4:00 pm
Workshops and readings with Piedmont Laureates, past and present. Visit the Mordecai Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 9th to experience five Piedmont Laureates in one place! Free and open to the public.
Register at https://raleigharts.wufoo.com/forms/a-gathering-of-laureates/.

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

The Geography of Your Life – Sertoma Arts Center
1400 W Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27612

NEW DATE: Saturday, December 16, 2017
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Ages 6 and up. Discover your own personal history in a whole new way, by making a map of your life. You’ll find intersections between important people, landmark events, and detours you’ve taken along the way as you use art and poetry to create a three-dimensional map with Mimi Herman, 2017 Piedmont Laureate. You’ll explore, create and discover in this journey into what really matters to you. Bring your friends, your family and your memories. Free and open to the public.
To register, go to https://reclink.raleighnc.gov/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp and enter 219231 in the barcode search.