Distinguished Poets Series seeking submissions

By: James R. Henery - St. Andrews University

LAURINBURG– Entries are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series.

Created by the North Carolina Poetry Society, the program provides promising student poets at the middle school, high school, college/university and adult level the opportunity to work with a distinguished published poet.

Each student selected in the Central Region will have the opportunity to work with the Distinguished Poet Beth Copeland. Students will send their poetry to her for comments and suggestions, will meet with her to discuss the work, and will then read selected poems at one local venue and also at the Central Regional Reading, hosted by St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC.

The Central Region includes 32 counties including Alamance, Cumberland, Durham, Lee, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland and Union.

To enter the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series, each student must submit an application form, a personal statement, and representative poetry. All information is available online at http://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/. The deadline for entry is Nov. 1. Material can be submitted electronically to Dr. Ted Wojtasik at [email protected] or mailed to Dr. Ted Wojtasik, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series, St. Andrews University, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352.

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.

Distinguished Poet Beth Copeland was raised in Japan, India, and North Carolina. She is a St. Andrews alum who went on to Bowling Green University to earn her M.F.A. Her book Traveling Through Glass received the 1999 Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Award. Her poems have been published in various literary journals and have received awards from Atlanta Review, North American Review, The North Carolina Poetry Society, and Peregrine, to name a few. Two of her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Recently, she has been named the winner of the 2017 Dogfish Head Poetry Prize for her manuscript, Blue Honey. The prize was presented on December 9 at the Dogfish Inn, in Lewes, DE, by Andrew Greeley, the innkeeper. Her award consisted of publication of her manuscript by Broadkill River Press, 10 copies of the published book, $500 in prize money, two cases of Dogfish Head beer, and two night’s stay at the Dogfish Inn. She is currently an instructor in creative writing at St. Andrews University.

James R. Henery is the director of communications and chaplain for St. Andrews University.

James R. Henery

St. Andrews University