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/

awards announcement!

It’s that time! Our 12 judges have made their selections for the North Carolina Poetry Society Pinesong Awards for 2020. Many of them pointed out that the process was both challenging and rewarding given the high quality of the submissions. North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green wrote, “It is both delightful and inspiring to …

sestina award judge

The judge for our Ruth Morris Moose Sestina Award is Julia Beach Anderson from Massachusetts. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Occulum, Barren Magazine, and Flypaper Lit. She has a unique take on how to …

A Little History

In 1932 a small group of devotees met in Charlotte and formed the North Carolina Poetry Society. Since its beginning, the society has fostered the writing of poetry and contests, for adults and children, have been integral to that effort. 2020 will see the 56th volume of this anthology. Now the North Carolina Poetry Society’s …