With Fall Break upon us, many students are looking forward to taking a break from midterm season and seeing their family for a few days. Don’t fret if you're stranded on campus over the long weekend, however — you can stave off your boredom and cabin fever with poetry.
The annual West End Poetry Festival will begin Wednesday with an ice cream social from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Johnny’s Gone Fishing on West Main Street in Carrboro. The festival will run from Oct. 17 to 20.
Festival events include a curated poetry open mic featuring over 40 poets, a reading by North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green and workshop with poet Sandra Beasley.
All events during the festival are free and open to the public.
Beasley's poetry reading will cover a diverse range of topics, from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. to Ore-Ida french fries.
“A poem doesn’t need to be an argument," Beasley said. "It doesn’t need to be an academic monograph. But I do love poems that require research, and need deep thinking about history and culture that lead us to the present moment."