Event Details

  • August 7, 2018
  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Free


Event Description

Joseph Mills, featured poet at The Nexus Poets' open mic on Tuesday, August 7.

Joseph Mills will be the Featured Poet at the Nexus Poet’s Poetry Open Mike on the first Tuesday in August. Mills is the author of four books of poetry--and with his wife, wrote a guide to North Carolina's wineries! He is an accomplished editor and critic as well, publishing an anthology about the Marx Brothers and studies of Louis L'Amour and Richard Brautigan. Mills' latest book, "Exit, Pursued by a Bear," is an "inspired collection"* of amusing and speculative poems riffing on Shakespeare's plays. Mills offers variations and revisions of both well-known figures (Juliet, Hamlet, and Shylock, and minor characters), over the course of the book engaging with all of Shakespeare’s plays. After the Featured Poet reads, the mike is open for original poems from other poets who sign up. This is a free event with donations requested to pay for the space. The readings are sponsored by the Nexus Poets, a group of Eastern North Carolina poets promoting poetry in the area. Mills' honors include a term as poet-in-residence at Salem College and the inclusion of his poetry on Garrison Keillor’s NPR program, The Writer’s Almanac. He teaches at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he is the first Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professor. Mills grew up in Indiana, earned a BA at the University of Chicago, an MA at the University of New Mexico, and a PhD at the University of California, Davis. His accessible, wryly tender poems spring from daily life and personal memory, often using the process of winemaking as a metaphor for life’s possibilities. Mills’s poetry collections include Love and Other Collisions (2010), Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers (2008), and Somewhere During the Spin Cycle (2006). *Robert Lee Brewer, editor of the Poets Market

Event presented by:

  • The Nexus Poets