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Central Region Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series reading Thursday

Laurinburg, NC - The 2014 Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series Central Region reading will take place Thursday in DeTamble Library.

Light refreshments will be served beginning at 7:30 p.m. with the reading beginning at 8 p.m.

Student poets Carol Whitehead, Tara Algieri, Rosalyn Marhatta and M. Danielle Wilson will join Distinguished Poet Lynn Veach Sadler for the reading.

Created by the North Carolina Poetry Society (NCPS), the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series provides promising student poets at the middle school, high school, college/university and adult level the opportunity to work with a distinguished published poet.

Sadler is in her first year serving as the Distinguished Poet in the Central Region. A former college president, she has published widely in both academic and creative writing publications. Her work has earned such honors as the Pittsburgh Quarterly Hay Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Hemley Award, Asphodel’s Poetry Contest and Kalliope’s Elkind Contest. She has published several chapbooks and had one story included in Del Sol’s Best of 2004 Butler Prize Anthology.

She was named the 2007 Writer of the Year by California’s elizaPress. She won the 2009 overall award of the Sand Diego City College National Writers’ Contest and City Works Journal.

Whitehead is a Scotland County resident and longtime supporter of literary efforts in North Carolina and St. Andrews.

Algieri is a senior at St. Andrews University completing a degree in psychology. In addition to her studies, she is an active member of the St. Andrews equestrian competition teams.

The Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series originated in 2003 upon the advice of then North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell. It is named after Chappell and former NCPS president Marie Gilbert

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