Over the last decade, many poets from North Carolina and beyond have participated in the West End Poetry Festival. Participants have included finalists for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; winners of the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Los Angeles Book Prize, the Oregon Book Award, and the Pushcart Prize; recipients of fellowships Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts; and too many other accolades to easily list here.
Festival Themes 2012 to Present
2012—Fresh Picked Poetry
2013 Poetry and Nature
2014 Poetry of Place
2015 Tenth Anniversary: Celebrations, Milestones and Marking Time in Poetry
2016 Poetry and Healing
2017 Poetry of Resistance
2019 Citizen poet: Work and Reconciliation
2020 Poetry for a Change
2021 United Poetry Service
2022 Music in Poetry
Participants have also included poets at the beginning of their writing career with few, if any, publishing credits. The festival aims to be broadly representative of poets and poetry.
Some programs from the most recent festivals are available as PDFs