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Two local GCDPS students to read at Scotland County Memorial Library Saturday

Laurinburg, NC - Carol Whitehead and Tara Algieri will be sharing some of their work with the local community during a pair of reading events at Scotland County Memorial Library on Saturday as part of the 2014 Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series Central Region festivities.

Whitehead, a longtime Scotland County resident, will be reading at 11 a.m.

Algieri, a St. Andrews University senior, will be reading at 1 p.m.

Distinguished Poet Lynn Veach Sadler will join each of the student poets at the readings.

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, Algieri and Sadler will read again during the April 24 Regional reading in DeTamble Library on the St. Andrews University Campus. Fellow Central Region student poets Rosalyn Marhatta and M. Danielle Wilson will join in that reading.

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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