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What Does Poetry Mean to North Carolina?

North Carolina is home to many nationally regarded poets. In the mountains, the piedmont and on the coast, poetry has a presence. But, in large part that presence lives within the world of academia. In an attempt to spread the poetry bug, Carrboro Poet La
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North Carolina is home to many nationally regarded poets. In the mountains, the Piedmont and on the coast, poetry has a presence. But, in large part that presence lives within the world of academia.

In an attempt to spread the poetry bug, Carrboro Poet Laureate Celisa Steele is putting poetry in plain sight with posters on walls and buses, throwing a poetry festival and even writing poems in chalk on the sidewalks.

Frank Stasio talks with Celisa Steele as well as professor emeritus James Applewhite and poet Alana Sherrill about the importance of poetry in North Carolina and theWest End Poetry Festival which is being held October 17th and 18th. 

The events for at the West End Poetry Festive are free and you can see the schedule here.

Hady Mawajdeh is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. He listened to Fresh Air growing up and fell in love with public radio. He earned his B.A. in Mass Communication at Texas State University and specialized in electronic media. He worked at NPR affiliate stations KUT and KUTX in Austin, Texas as an intern, producer, social media coordinator, and a late-night deejay.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.