When: Sun., April 15, 2 p.m. 2012
Now in its fourth year, the Nâzim Hikmet Poetry Festival has become one of the state's real literary gems, navigating poetic landscapes both local and international over a day of workshops, lectures and performances. Named for the legendary lyrical poet who brought Turkish poetry into modern times, the festival is organized by the American Turkish Association of North Carolina, is sponsored by the Town of Cary's Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department and is funded by a major grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation. In addition to its continuing mission to enlighten readers to Hikmet's romantic, revolutionary work, each year's festival honors another internationally known poet.
The great Chilean spinner of odes, Pablo Neruda, holds this year's spotlight, with presentations by Villanova University poet and professor Carlos Trujillo and North Carolina State professor Greg Dawes. Pushcart Prize winner Joseph Millar and the Sacrificial Poets also make appearances. There are also workshops and a poetry competition that received submissions from more than 250 poets, a third of whom live outside the United States. Some area finalists will read their poems, including Amy Leigh Brown, Anna Lena Phillips and Iris Tillman Hill. The free event runs 1–6 p.m. —Chris Vitiello