The Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series lets students in middle school, high school, college, and adults not currently enrolled in a literary program to be mentored for four to six months on a dozen pages of their original poetry by a Distinguished North Carolina poet. The program is in its eighth successful year with wonderful reviews by past participants.
The deadline for application is November 1, 2010. The mentoring begins in November 2010 and lasts until April 2011 when readings by the student poets and Distinguished Poets are held at colleges or universities in the regions. In addition, the North Carolina Center for the Book hosts poetry readings of each participant (accompanied by their Distinguished Poet) in the public library of the student poet’s home town.
See below for the contact persons. For submission tips and guidelines see the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series website.
Distinguished Poet by region
Eastern North Carolina: Dr. John Hoppenthaler, Asst. Professor of English and Creative Writing at East Carolina University. Contact person for the east is Dr. Becky Godwin, Chairperson, 252-399-6364.
Central North Carolina: Dr. Rebecca Gould Gibson, Associate Professor of English, 1989 – 2008, Guilford College. The contact person for central North Carolina is Dr. Ted Wojtasik, Chairperson, Faculty in English and Writing, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, 910-277-3948.
Western North Carolina: To be announced. The contact person for the west is Dr. Catherine Carter, Chairperson, Ph.D. Asst. Professor of English Education, 828-227-3931.