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National Poetry Month – Lisa Zerkle

Lisa is another founding co-editor of Kakalak, a Journal of Poetry and Art, and I met her when I first submitted. I was then fortunate enough to belong to the same poetry critique group with her for a few years. Lisa is … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month – Dee Stribling

Dee is one of my Mountain Sister Poets. We met four years ago at Table Rock Writers Workshop when we both took the poetry workshop with Joseph Bathanti. There were only four of us in the class and the bond … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month – Diana Pinckney

When I started getting serious about writing poetry, there were three poets I thought of as the Grand Ladies of Charlotte Poets. I was in awe of their work, their presence, and how they supported the writing community. Diana Pinckney … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month – Jonathan Rice

Jonathan is one of the first local poets I met almost twenty years ago, at the same Cathy Smith Bowers reading where I also met Karon Luddy. We’ve stayed in touch and remained good friends since. We were part of … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month – Mary Oliver

No, I don’t know Mary Oliver personally, and unlike Patricia Smith, I’ve never heard Mary Oliver read in person. But I love her poetry. So since I asked all the guest poets whom they would want to raise a glass … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month – Leslie M. Rupracht

In all the years I’ve known Leslie, this is probably the expression I most often see. She has an almost zen-like calmness about her. When we see and greet each other with a hug, there’s an immediate sense of peace. … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month – Richard Allen Taylor

Richard Allen Taylor is another of the Charlotte-area poets I’ve had the great pleasure of knowing for many years. In addition to being a regular at various reading and open mic venues, he’s one of the founding co-editors of Kakalak, … Continue reading

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