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Public reading schedule announced for 2011 Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series Central Region Winners

Laurinburg, N.C. – In December, Valerie Macon, Bryant Ferrell and Rachel Carroll were announced as the 2011 Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series Central Region winners.

Since that time, they have been working with Distinguished Poet Becky Gould Gibson to prepare for public presentations of their work.

While all three will read with Gibson at the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Writers’ Forum April 14 in DeTamble Library, each will also have a reading at a public library near their home.

Macon, an adult poet from Fuquay-Varina, will read at the Fuquay-Varina Public Library on Saturday, April 16 beginning at 11 a.m. For additional details on this reading, contact Cindy McConnell at 919-557-2788 or lmcconnell@wakegov.com.

Ferrell, a senior at St. Andrews, will read at the Scotland County Memorial Library on April 6 beginning at 4 p.m. Additional details can be obtained by contacting Leon Gyles at 910-276-0563 or lgyles@scotlandcounty.org.

Carroll, a freshman at Porter Ridge High School will read at North Country Regional Library in Mecklenburg County on April 2 at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Linda Katzman at 704-416-6000 ext. 4 or lkatzman@cmlibrary.org.

Gibson is a Professor Emeritus of English and Women’s Studies at Guilford College. She has published five collections of poetry: Need-Fire, Aphrodite’s Daughter, Holding Ground, First Life, and Off-Road Meditations.

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. The Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series supports the mission of the North Carolina Poetry Society to foster reading, writing and the enjoyment of poetry across the state.

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