The 2012 West End Poetry Festival was a complete and rousing success. Alan Shapiro, our headlining poet, got nominated for a National Book Award (probably because they heard he was at our festival). Dorianne Laux, Joe Millar, Rachel Richardson, Stephanie Levin, and Florence Nash read at Flyleaf Books on Friday night. A thousand thanks go out to Jamie Fiocco for her tremendous assistance (please support Flyleaf Books).
On Saturday we heard from:
- Jo Taylor
- Andrea Selch
- Rob Greene
- Joe Millar
- Dorianne Laux
- Lou Lipsitz
- Jaki Shelton Green
- Alan Shapiro
- Celisa Steele
- Susan Spalt
- Tyler Johnson
- Jay Bryan
A special thanks to Catherine DeVine for inspiration, hard work, and a dream that we could all follow. And deep appreciations go to Rah Trost and the Carrboro Recreation Department for their support.
A wonderful open mic featured readings by some truly fabulous local poets. I heard old friends and discovered new talent. (apologies if we didn’t get everyone’s name right. Please let me know and I can correct it.)
Thanks to sponsors, including Logan Carter – Realtor, Carolina Wren Press, Raleigh Review, and Amante’s Pizza.
And of course, the Carrboro Poets Council: Jay Bryan, Susan Spalt, Celisa Steele, Catherine DeVine, and Tyler Johnson.
See you next year.
One Reply to “West End Poetry Festival 2012”
Thanks for taking and sharing the photos, Tyler–very nice!