The 17th Annual West End Poetry Festival will take place at the Carrboro Town Hall and the Century Center on Oct. 14 and 15, respectively.
The festival was held online for the past two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organized by the Carrboro Poets Council, the event will open at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 with a poetry prompt workshop, hosted by poets Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown.
The workshop, called “Awareness is a Time Machine,” focuses on the importance of being aware and the relationship between awareness and the concept of time.
“It looks at how slowing down and paying attention can help us move through time, expand time, and also make time sacred,” Jacobs said.
The workshop is based on a book that Jacobs and Brown co-authored, titled "Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire." Jacobs described the workshop as “generative.”
Jacobs and Brown also host free WRITE IT! Sessions online, encouraging poets of all ages and experience levels to respond to poetry prompts and share works with others.
The festival will also feature poetry readings, during which poets Joan Barasovska, Cedric Tillman, Jacinta White and Alana Dagenhart will read poems from their recent books.
Dagenhart said she will read from her recent publication, "Yellow Leaves," which she wrote after her father passed away in 2015. This book centers around the emotional struggles that come with losing a loved one, as well as how to understand and manage them.