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West End Poetry Festival Opening Celebration

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Fri 10/14, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
West End Poetry Festival Opening Celebration

The opening celebration will include a reception with hors d’oeuvres and wine, readings, and time for book signing and socializing. Five poets will read from their own work. For more information, go to the West End Poetry Festival website at http://www.westendpoetryfestival.org 


Kevin Boyle’s book, A Home for Wayward Girls, won the New Issues First Book Prize (Rodney Jones, judge) and his chapbook, The Lullaby of History, won the Mary Belle Campbell Award (David Rivard, judge). His most recent book is Astir, published by Jacar Press. Originally from Philadelphia, Kevin got his MFA from Iowa and now teaches at Elon University in North Carolina.





Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black troublemaker and a black feminist love evangelist who lives and loves in Durham, North Carolina. She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity (Duke University Press, 2016), the co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines (PM Press, 2016), and the founder of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind Intergalactic community school.




Poet and playwright Debra Kaufman is the author of three poetry collections—Delicate Thefts, The Next Moment, and A Certain Light—as well as three chapbooks. Her poems have been widely published in such magazines as Southern Poetry Review, Greensboro Review, Poetry East, North Carolina Literary Review, Spillway, and in numerous anthologies. A Midwest native, she has lived in North Carolina for over thirty years.




Katherine Soniat’s seventh collection of poems, Bright Stranger, is recently out from Louisiana State University Press. The Goodbye Animals won the 2014 Turtle Island Chapbook Award. A Shared Life was selected for the Iowa Poetry Prize, and The Swing Girl (LSU Press) for the Best Collection of 2011 by the North Carolina Poetry Council. Previously on the MFA faculty at Virginia Tech and Hollins University, she teaches in the Great Smokies Writing Program/UNC-Asheville.





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Flyleaf Books
Fri, Oct 14 at 6:30pm

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