Zach White said he is excited to hear from Eduardo Corral, one of the three acclaimed award-winning poets who will be highlighted at the festival.
Corral said he thinks poetry festivals are important because they open up spaces for poetry to exist in the local communities and make it accessible to everyone.
“People have this idea that poetry is hard to understand or it's not for everyone and that’s not the case," Corral said. "Poetry is for the general audience, it is for students, not just for people in academia."
Corral, the 2011 winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize, will be reading from his second book, "Guillotine," which he has been writing for approximately eight years. Corral said "Guillotine" was inspired by how we use language in a beautiful way to describe pain, trauma and hurt.
The book has not yet been published, so attendees will get an exclusive preview of what's to come. The collection will officially be published in August 2020.
Several poets participating in the festival have stated that they appreciate the strong community of poets here in North Carolina. They also say that the festival is important to bringing poets together in the area.
Corral said one of the reasons he moved to North Carolina was because of the strong community of writers here.
“I went from Queens, New York, to Raleigh, North Carolina, because I love the community here, writers and readers alike," Corral said. "There's a lot of people interested in literary arts here in Raleigh, and the Triangle area in general. So it's great. And I really enjoy working here, as they say, I couldn't be happier.”
Jacinta White said she is looking forward to meeting and hearing from the other poets.
“The festival helps bring poetry out from the book and directly into people's lives,” White said. "I consider it an honor to be a part of the festival, and I'm excited to share and have a good time."
Fred Joiner, a poet laureate of Carrboro and winner of a National Academy of American Poets award, said he likes to describe North Carolina as the writing capital of the South.
“It has a very rich community of writers from different cities all over, from the mountains all the way down to cities like Charlotte,” Joiner said.
Joiner will be performing two of his own pieces on Oct. 18 at Flyleaf.
“Poetry is valuable in communities because it captures experiences and feelings in our lives in a manner that everyday common language cannot or just fails to articulate," Joiner said.
This festival is free and open to the public.