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Deadline extended for Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series

Laurinburg, N.C. - The deadline to submit materials to be a part of the 2013-2014 Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series for the central region has been extended until Nov. 1.

Middle school, high school, college and adult poets in the 32 country region are invited to submit the application and material for the opportunity to work with the Distinguished Poet Lynn Veach Sadler. Students will send their poetry to her for comments and suggestions, will meet with her to discuss the work, and will then read selected poems at one local venue and also at the Central Regional Reading, hosted by St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC.

The region includes Alamance, Cumberland, Durham, Lee, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland and Union Counties. A complete list, along with an application, is available at http://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/.

Sadler is in her first year as the Distinguished Poet in the central region. A former college president, she has published widely in both academic and creative writing publications. Her work has earned such honors as the Pittsburgh Quarterly Hay Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Hemley Award, Asphodel’s Poetry Contest and Kalliope’s Elkind Contest. She has published several chapbooks and had one story included in Del Sol’s Best of 2004 Butler Prize Anthology.

Sadler was named the 2007 Writer of the Year by California’s elizaPress. She won the 2009 overall award of the San Diego City College National Writer’s Contest and City Works Journal.

Created by the North Carolina Poetry Society, the program provides promising student poets at the middle school, high school, college/university and adult level the opportunity to work with a distinguished published poet.

Material can be submitted electronically to Dr. Ted Wojtasik at wojtasik@sapc.edu or mailed to Dr. Ted Wojtasik, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series, St. Andrews University, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352.

The Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series originated in 2003 upon the advice of then North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell. It is named after Chappell and former NCPS president Marie Gilbert.

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