St. Andrews University hosted The North Carolina Poetry Society’s Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series Dinner, April 12, which brought together distinguished poets and student poets from the central regions of North Carolina. Student poets were selected from middle school, high school, college, and adults not currently enrolled in school.
Distinguished poets mentor selected student poets in writing and revising a dozen pages of poetry and coach them in the craft of oral presentation.
Camryn Massey is a 15-year-old sophomore attending Scotland Early College High School. She is a member of the National Beta Club and the Technology Student Association. Camryn loves science, but she's also passionate about writing poetry. She serves as a volunteer at Scotland County Memorial Library. \
Pam Baggett's chapbook, Wild Horses, was a runner-up for the Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest and will be published by Main Street Rag in spring 2018. Her recent poems appear in Atlanta Review, Cold Mountain Review, Kakalak 2017, Nimrod, San Pedro River Review, and Tar River Poetry. Work also appears in several anthologies, including Forgetting Home: Poems About Alzheimers and The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume VII: North Carolina. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a 2017 recipient of the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant, and a 2017 recipient of an artist grant from the Orange County Arts Commission. She co-hosts the monthly Second Thursday Poetry Reading at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill and teaches free poetry workshops at the Orange County Main Library in Hillsborough. She was unable to attend the event.
Terri Greco is a poet and psychotherapist. A member of the North Carolina Poetry Society, she is one of the North Carolina Poetry Society's Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Adult Student Poets of 2017-2018. Drawing upon personal and professional experience, her poems reflect the frailties and triumphs of being human and have appeared in online and print journals including Forage Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, I'm Not a Silent Poet, and The Gambler. A military dependent, Terri spent her early years living abroad in Greece, Germany, England and many of the United States. She is now glad to call Chapel Hill, NC, her home where she lives with her husband and son.—30—
(submitted by Beth Copeland)