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.”


Mac McKee speaks with the next North Carolina poet laureate Shelby Stephenson about his plans to bring a greater appreciation for the reading and writing of poetry to the state.

North Carolina Arts Council

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