A Creative Writing Workshop with NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson

September 24, 2015

 

 

Date: 1:30-3:30, Saturday, October 3

Place: New Winston Museum, 713 Marshall Street South, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Cost:  $10 Winston-Salem Writer members, $15 non-members

 

 

The workshop will be followed by a free public reading at 4:00 PM 

 

Writers are invited to bring their work for reading and response.

Writers may sign up at www.wswriters.org or pay at the door.

 

For more information contact swilliamson@wswriters.org. 

 

Shelby Stephenson grew up on a farm near Benson in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. “Most of my poems come out of that background,” he says, “where memory and imagination play on each other."

 

After leaving the farm for college, he graduated from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill (B.A. 1960) where he also studied law, University of Pittsburgh (M.A. 1967), University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. 1974), and worked as a radio and television announcer, salesman, right-of-way agent, and farmer. He was professor of English and editor of Pembroke Magazine until his retirement in 2010. The state of North Carolina presented him with the 2001 North Carolina Award in Literature. And he has received the Bellday Poetry Prize, the Oscar Arnold Young Award, the Zoe Kincaid-Brockman Award, the Brockman-Campbell Award, the Bright Hill Press Chapbook Prize, and the Playwright's Fund of North Carolina Chapbook Prize.

 

In addition to a poetic documentary: Plankhouse (with photographs by Roger Manley), he has published Middle Creek Poems, Carolina Shout!, Finch’s Mash, The Persimmon Tree Carol, Poor People, Greatest Hits, Fiddledeedee, Possum, Playing Dead, Play My Music Anyhow, and Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl.

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