Writers Coppie Green, Terry Kennedy and Ann Deagon Featured at National Poetry Month Celebration Event During First Friday, April 5, in Downtown Greensboro.

Join 205 Collaborative during First Friday (downtownfridays.com) this month and enjoy new energy and activities at the gallery that includes art, poetry and food.  205 Collaborative is home to 30 artists’ studios and a newly renovated Gallery 205 in the 18,000 square-foot building.

This month’s featured 205 Visual Artist is Mark Russell Stollery (http://markrussellstollery.wordpress.com/). Mark’s work invokes the language of shape, 205collaborativecolor, and materiality, exploring mixed media painting and drawing. Throughout the evening, visit Mark in his studio and be sure to ask about his work on display throughout the 205 Gallery for the Month of April.  Featured poets Coppie Green, Terry Kennedy and Ann Deagon will read from their works in the 205 Lobby starting at 7:00 pm.

About Coppie Green (7:00-7:30 reading)

Poet COPPIE GREEN has won an Academy of American Poets prize, worked as Poetry Editor of The Greensboro Review, and conducted poetry writing residencies throughout North Carolina as a North Carolina Arts Council Touring and Resident Literary Artist. Her books are Horse Turning and The Southern Outcasts:  Green, Nolan, and Wood.

Coppie’s poems have appeared in TriQuarterly, The Greensboro Review, Permafrost, Blue Pitcher, and other journals, and in the anthologies Working the Dirt:  An Anthology of Southern Poets, Cadence of Hooves:  A Celebration of Horses, and Edge of Our World.  Her songs in collaboration with musician Sean Egan have been performed at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

 About Terry Kennedy  (7:30-8:00 reading)

Terry L. Kennedy is the author of the chapbook Until the Clouds Shatter the Light That Plates Our Lives. His work is forthcoming in a variety of literary journals and magazines including Cave Wall, from the Fishouse, Oxford American, Southern Review, and Waccamaw. He teaches at UNC Greensboro where he is the Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing and editor of the online journal, storySouth.
About Ann Deagon  (8:00-8:30 reading and singing)

Ann Deagon obtained her doctorate in Classics at UNC-Chapel Hill and served as Hege Professor of Humanities and Writer in Residence at Guilford College until her retirement in 1992.  She has edited The Guilford Review, directed Poetry Center Southeast, and helped establish the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Among her poetry collections are: Carbon 14 (U. Massachusetts), Poetics South (Blair), There Is No Balm in Birmingham (Godine), and The Polo Poems (U. Nebraska-Omaha), plus several chapbooks.  Ann’s fiction includes short stories Habitats (Green River) and the novel The Diver’s Tomb (St. Martin’s).  Her plays have received reader’s theater production at various colleges and theater conferences.  Additionally, her awards include a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Since retirement Ann has acted in theater and film and performed her poems and original songs at various universities, arts centers, and retirement homes as well as the International Civil Rights Museum.  She continues to present readings and workshops in creative writing, and does critiques for NCWN.  In 2011 she was the honoree of the North Carolina Writers Conference Asheville meeting and was named Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for 2012-13. Deagon was also recently featured in the O.Henry magazine.

An Open Mic Night afterparty will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 pm.  Sign up in the 205 Artists Collaborative lobby to participate.

The “King Creole” food truck will be on site with tasty Louisiana Style fare by Chef Micah Martello.  http://kingcreolefoodtruck.com/Menu.html

First Friday is a collaborative program led by Downtown Greensboro Inc. and the United Arts Council. For further information and a downloadable map/guide, visit the First Friday Website, downtownfridays.com. Join DGI’s Facebook  (http://www.facebook.com/DowntownGreensboro ) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/downtowngso) pages for updates.   

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S.G. Events, a full service event production sound company, will provide sound for the evening.

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