Carrboro International Poetry Festival

Announcing the Second Carrboro (International) Poetry Festival

May 21 & 22

The 2005 Carrboro Poetry Festival will feature readings from 40 poets

during the two day event Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22. Hundreds of

people attended the first annual fest in 2004, and many more are

expected to turn out this year.

Festival Organizer and Carrboro Poet Laureate Patrick Herron will be

joined not only by renowned North Carolina-based poets Carl Martin,

Gerald Barrax, and Evie Shockley but also by some of North America's

finest poets including Ammiel Alcalay, Christian Bok, Harryette Mullen,

Hoa Nguyen, Lee Ann Brown, Linh Dinh, Heriberto Yepez, Kent Johnson, and

Murat Nemet-Nejat. We're also working on getting

internationally-renowned poet and playwright Ariel Dorfman as well as

new NC Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer to come and read as well.

Poetry represented by the event is not limited to any particular

aesthetic or world-view: some of this year's readers are young, some

old, some academic, independent, political, philosophical; and their

poetry ranges from Language Poetry to School of Quietude to elliptical

to New Formalism to post-Language and Avant and Slam and everything in

between and outside. Poetry regularly escapes artificial boundaries and

categorizations--exactly what the organizer of the festival hopes to

demonstrate. There is an emphasis on less established poets whose works

merits greater exposure. The foremost goal of the festival, however, is

simply to bring poets and the people together.

The festival will be held at the Carrboro Century Center in the heart of

downtown Carrboro.

Admission is free and open to the general public. Authors will be

available for book signings at the conclusion of their individual


Contributions to the festival are welcome and encouraged; you are

welcome to make a donation through the festival website or you can email

me for further details. We need your financial support.

The festival website has pretty much all of the information you'll need,

from maps to hotel listings to author biographies:

Carrboro Poetry Festival