• By Don Dwiggins
  • Posted Monday, April 5, 2010

Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Project Comes to Forsyth

This year we are pleased to present a program featuring Dr. Catherine Carter and Jeremy Sexton of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Project. The original idea of pairing North Carolina poets with young people in a mentoring collaboration came from former NC poet laureate Fred Chappell and was funded by Marie Gilbert, poet and past president of the North Carolina Poetry Society.

Dr. Catherine Carter was born on the eastern shore of Maryland. She lives with her husband in Cullowhee, NC near Western Carolina University, where she teaches and coordinates the English education program. Her first full-length collection, The Memory of Gills (LSU, 2006) received the 2007 Roanoke-Chowan Award from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. Dr. Carter will read from that collection, as well as from new poems to be published in May 2010 in a collection tentatively titled Occult Bat Encounters.

Jeremy Sexton is a Gilbert-Chappell student poet and Winston-Salem resident. Jeremy’s writing has received numerous awards, including the NCTE Promising Young Writers Award and the NC Poetry Society’s student contests. Earlier this year, he wrote a memoir that was printed in the R. J. Reynolds High School literary magazine Copy Write. This is his second year as a Gilbert-Chappell student poet.

The North Carolina Center for the Book funds public library readings in order to support libraries in their role as community cultural centers and to celebrate North Carolina poets and art.

A book signing and author Q & A will follow.

Saturday, April 10 Lewisville Library, 2 pm (Lewisville Library is located at 6490 Shallowford Rd. in Lewisville.) For more information, call or email Candace Brennan at 703-3022 or brennacm@forsyth.cc.

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