The North Carolina Poetry Society’s Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series brings together distinguished poets and student poets from eastern, central, and western regions of North Carolina. Student poets are selected from middle school, high school, college, and adults not currently enrolled in school. Student poets work on about a dozen pages of their own poetry.

Distinguished poets mentor selected student poets in writing and revising a dozen pages of poetry and coach them in the craft of oral presentation.

At the end of the period, each regional group of student poets will present a reading with the distinguished poet at a designated site open to the public.

Beth Copeland is the distinguished poet for the central region.

Cheryl Whitehead’s chapbook, So Ghosts Might Stop Composing is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2019. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Poetry Anthology, The Hopkins Review, Measure, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review and other journals. She has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the North Carolina Writers’ Network and the Astraea Foundation.

Cammie Zehner is a 10th grade student at Durham Academy. Her poems stand out as unique and creative due to her skillful use of imagery, musical devices, and unusual line breaks.

This reading will feature works created by all three poets.

Meeting Room B

  • May 5, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • April 21, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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