Welcome Robin Anna Smith

Judging the Poetry of Courage Award for 2021 will be Robin Anna Smith, a writer and artist whose work has earned numerous accolades, including The Touchstone Award for Individual Poems (2020), First Place in the UHTS Fleeting Words Tanka Contest (2019), and nomination for the Pushcart Prize (2018). Their work focuses on disability, gender, and …

Honoring Bruce Lader and Introducing Kristina Erny

Our poetry of witness award is newly sponsored by Doug Stuber and has been renamed to honor Bruce Lader. Of Bruce, Doug writes, “Bruce Lader wrote a wide variety of poems of witness that addressed many issues of our day. By applying his philosophy in wry verse he helped us nervously laugh about the foibles …

Amie Whittemore: the necessity of poetry

Part of the indomitability of human nature is our use of lightheartedness and humor as a foil to oppression. Given that, I expect we’ll get some stellar work this year for the Kennedy McIntyre Light Verse Award. Amie Whittemore will be our judge. This is her take on the role of the poet today: I …

may I introduce Virgil Suárez

If your poem has a lot to say, it may be right for our Thomas H. McDill Award, which accepts work of up to 70 lines in any form or style. This year’s judge is Virgil Suárez, who was born in Havana, Cuba in 1962.  At the age of twelve he arrived in the United …

we’re ready to begin: meet Taylor Byas

Submissions are open and you have 8 weeks to send us your poems. If you’ve ever had doubts as to the importance of your words, I hope 2020 has laid them to rest. The North Carolina Poetry Society is committed to the support, promotion, and celebration of poetry. Now more than ever we need all …

the need for poetry

This year as I prepare for the Pinesong Awards for 2021, I am struck by the need for poetry. Poetry and humanity go hand-in-hand. At no time time in our history have we not expressed ourselves through the lyric use of language. The very act draws us together. When I asked our NCPS treasurer, Bill …

a poem for every occasion

North Carolina Poetry Society’s treasurer, Bill Griffin, adds a poem to each of his financial reports. Presented at every board meeting, it serves as a reminder of a what we’re working for. Think of how different the world would be if this was true of all kinds of communication. Every menu, all the brochures, each …

getting ready for 2021

We are busily making preparations for the Pinesong Awards for 2021, which will be ready for submissions starting November 14. In the meantime, you can check out all the award winning poems for 2020 through the North Carolina Poetry Society’s website at https://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/contests/pinesong_2020_e-file/