Students with Craven Early College take their poetry from the classroom to the stage. We visit during an open mic night event in New Bern.

Three local poets are hoping to restore a once vibrant poetry community in New Bern.  Sam Love is a semi-retired yoga instructor who lives in the colonial capital.

“New Bern was nicknamed the Athens of the South because there was so much poetry activity here.  That’s how the Athens Theater got its name. Local papers carried poets on a regular basis.  Sometimes, the poets would get into like verbal battles with each other.”

North Carolina Arts Council

April is designated at National Poetry Month.  We speak with North Carolina's seventh Poet Laureate Joe Bathanti.

  April is National Poetry Month and this week on the Down East Journal, a conversation with North Carolina’s poet laureate Joseph Bathanti.  And, in the final year of the 150th anniversary commemoration, more stops to the North Carolina Civil War Trails guide have been added.  We’ll talk about the most recent additions and local sites closer to home.  Those stories and more, on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.