“Walking into April” Poetry Day on April 10

Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for the annual Barton College “Walking into April” Poetry Day in the Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on April 10.  The event features poets Margaret Boothe Baddour, Michael Chitwood and student poets selected by Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet John Hoppenthaler.


9:15 a.m. – Registration

9:45 a.m. – Margaret Boothe Baddour and Michael Chitwood

10:45 a.m. – Break

11:00 a.m. – Roundtable Discussion with Baddour and Chitwood

12:00 p.m. – Catered Lunch

1:00 p.m. – Book Signing

1:20 p.m. – Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series Student Poets

2:00 p.m. – Open Microphone

The registration deadline is April 7.  For lunch reservations, send your check for $9.50, made out to “Barton College,” to Dr. Rebecca Godwin, Department of English and Modern Languages, Barton College, P.O. Box 5000, Wilson, NC  27893-7000.

Margaret Boothe Baddour has published two books of poetry, Easy Magic (1991) and Scheherazade and Other Poems (2009).  Former president of the North Carolina Poetry Society, she is the winner of the North Carolina Poet Laureate Award and holds the Bell Distinguished Chair in Teaching at Wayne Community College.

Michael Chitwood is the author of eight books, including Gospel Road Going (2002) and Spill (2007), both winners of the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry.  His work has appeared in journals such as The Atlantic Monthly and Virginia Quarterly Review. He is a lecturer at the University of North Carolina.

John Hoppenthaler, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Eastern North Carolina, has published two books of poetry, Lives of Water (2003) and Anticipate the Coming Reservoir (2008).  Advisory Editor for Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, he teaches creative writing and literature at East Carolina University.

Student poets selected for this year’s Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series are Arendell Parrott Academy middle school student Hannah Sloan, UNC-Wilmington senior Kevin Dublin, and Jacksonville adult student poet Veronica Williams.

Directions to Barton College and a list of overnight accommodations may be found at http://www.barton.edu/geninfo/map.htm.  For more information, contact Dr. Rebecca Godwin at the Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center, 252-399-6364 or rlgodwin@barton.edu.