This year, the Living Poetry organizers are spearheading poetrySpark! This Raleigh event is part of SparkCon, a weekend to showcase the creativity, talent, and ideas of the Triangle. I volunteered the two previous years at the Poetry-on-Demand booth, creating verses for passersby from $1 and a word of their choosing. As a co-organizer of poetrySpark, I’m helping to identify event venues, recruit readers, organize the Featured Readers night, and find a low-cost, high-quality printing vendor (i.e., the inmates at Correction Enterprises).
If you live in the Triangle or don’t mind driving to Raleigh’s Warehouse District during September 13th – 16th, then you should plan on attending one of our events:
- Erotic Reading @ circusSpark After Dark (Thursday evening, 9/13)
- Best of the Open Mic Contest @ White Collar Crime (Friday evening, 9/14)
- Youth Poets Reading (Saturday afternoon, 9/15)
- Featured Readers Night with former NC Piedmont Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green & Sacrificial Poets (Saturday evening, 9/15)
- Poetry on Demand (Friday and Saturday, 9/15 & 9/16)
Right now, poetrySpark has a call for poets for the open mic and all reading events until August 15th at midnight. We also need volunteers for Poetry on Demand and at the events to help set up and clean up. Spread the word among the poets you know and love!