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West End Poetry Festival

When: Fri., Oct. 16 and Sat., Oct. 17 2015

WEST END POETRY FESTIVAL

FLYLEAF BOOKS, CHAPEL HILL | CARRBORO CENTURY CENTER, CARRBORO

FRIDAY, OCT. 16–SATURDAY, OCT. 17

The Town of Carrboro's annual poetry festival returns for the 10th year with a notable headliner, Greensboro's Ansel Elkins, whose first full-length book, Blue Yodel, won the 2014 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize. (You might have caught The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" piece about her while she was a writer-in-residence at the Standard East Village, courtesy of the Paris Review.) Elkins' dark-hued Southern lyrics cap a festival that includes a kickoff party at Flyleaf on Friday night and a full day of festivities at the Carrboro Century Center on Saturday. The opening reception features hors d'oeuvres, wine and five readings, while the main day features panel discussions, a workshop by Elkins for high school-age poets, an open mic and scheduled readings by Reginald Dwayne Betts, Rob Bowers, Abigail Browning, L. Lamar Wilson and many others. The finale reading features Elkins and Carrboro poet laureate Celisa Steele, an organizer of the festival. With a broadly accessible perspective on poetry, West End is free, and a comfortable space for families and the poetry-curious as well as more seasoned lovers of verse. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Fri. (Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, 919-942-7373); noon–8:30 p.m. Sat. (Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, 919-918-7392), free, www.westendpoetryfestival.org. —Brian Howe

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