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Poetry in Plain Sight:

A Statewide Poetry Initiative

Launched in Winston-Salem in 2013 by

Winston-Salem Writers, and now managed

by the North Carolina Poetry Society,

Poetry in Plain Sight continues to bring North Carolina poetry and poets to the public.       


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Winston-Salem Writers' early history of Poetry in Plain Sight

Poetry in Plain Sight, 2023-2024


The North Carolina Poetry Society has announced the forty-eight poems to be featured in Poetry In Plain Sight 2023 and 2024.  Eighty North Carolina poets submitted this year, with overall entries totaling two hundred and fifteen. The judges commented on the consistent quality of the poetry, with several judges mentioning how difficult it was to narrow their choices down to forty-eight.


In 2023-2024, poems will be placed in windows around Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Burnsville, Wilmington, Durham, Greenville, and Raleigh. A reading will be held in April to celebrate the launch of this year's program, the date to be announced in the March newsletter.

Poetry In Plain Sight thanks the NC Writers Network, Winston-Salem Writers, and Press 53 for their support, both financial and in-kind; plus Friends of the Program for their direct donations and/or purchase of vintage posters to keep the program viable.

Complete List of 2023-2024 Poems

Mary Hennessy: January: When Too Much is Not Enough Spencer Brown: Night Walks Britt Kaufmann: Mathematics of Change Jennifer Weiss: Caveat Emptor Hongbing Zhang: Late Autumn Emory Jones: Deep Freeze Maria Rouphail: This small house, this big sky Jenny Bates: Blue Stones Janet Ford: New Ground Les Brown: Coming Rain Michael Hettich: The Shape of a Song Amber Watson:The Hourglass Nancy Martin-Young:Unexpected Duet Glenn Coatsz; Flashes Joanne Durham: Hide & Seek Paul Jones: Red Vinegar Sauce Caroline Cottom: Dancer Lucinda Trew: your heart is a fist Mary Spadoni: Single Serving Size John York: Wisteria Patricia Ann: Today at low tide Philip Kuhn: Endlings Jane Mary Curran: Tidal Marsh Jessi Waugh: Language Kenneth Chamlee: A Pinch of Gray Fluff Karen Luke Jackson:The Heart Unfurled Linda Phillips: Cost Analysis Pat Riviere-Seel: What the Moon Knows Lao Rubert: Piecing Eric Weil: Webs Janet Joyner: The cello Scott Owens: Pansies Joseph Mills: Honey Sonnet Steve Cushman: After the Funeral David Poston: Caprice at Folly Beach Michael Gaspeny: Fast Break Shelby Stephenson:Three Rooms and a Pantry Chris Abbate: Blessing Terri Kirby Erickson:Sponge Bath Patricia Darcy: Easy Answers Priscilla Frake: Poems Don’t Always Do What We Tell Them Ralph Earle: The Dawn Steps Inside John Haugh: Smell Good Coffee and Consider? Nickole Brown: What Separates Us Marilyn Hervieux: The Dock Kelly Jones: Night Lily Dannye Powell: Uncle Bob Rita Lewis: Avocado in Waiting

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