Acclaimed poet Anthony S. Abbott will join local poets for a reading to celebrate National Poetry Month at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Asheboro Public Library.
The reading also will feature an “open mic” organized by the Randolph Writers Group. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited.
Abbott, a professor emeritus of English at Davison College, is author of five books of poetry, two novels and two nonfiction works on modern drama. His first book of poetry, The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat, earned him a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in 1989, among a slew of other awards.
“He is an artist who paints with words. The reader is swept into the canvas with the beauty and power of his written words,” says Sue Farlow, Asheboro High School English teacher and Abbott’s predecessor as president of the North Carolina Poetry Society.
As part of a society program, Abbott mentors aspiring poets. Abbott and a group of his mentees, which included two local students, read in a program at the library in 2009.
Find out more about Abbott at www.thegirlintheyellowraincoat.com.
To participate in the event as a reader, contact Randolph Writers Group President Robin Emerson, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 336-736-3496.