Couplet - 2 days of verse festival schedule Feb 4th & 5th

Featuring Local and Regional Poets including Jacar Press and Press 53

11:30-12:30 There will be 4 poets reading: Richard Krawiec, Jessie Carty, Deb Kaufman and Stephanie Levine

12:30 - 1:15 One-on-one mini-critiques.

1:15 - 2:30, break for lunch

2:30-3:30, 2 formal workshops:
Building Images - Explore ways to create and develop images, from simple phrases to metaphors that extend throughout a poem - with Richard Krawiec and Deb Kaufman
Truth vs. Fact in poetry with Jessie Carty

3:30 Poet's Open Mic

7pm Launch of Testing the Waters


2PM - 4 PM Song writer’s panel

4:30 - 5:30 PM Promoting your poetry workshop with Addy Robinson McCulloch

Submission Guidelines

Anthology of poetry titled “Testing the Waters”

Submission is open to anyone, anywhere.

Deadline is January 15th, 2012

Payment will be 10 copies of the anthology. Anthology will be sold at the cost of printing and assembling. Anthology will be limited one time only print run.

Anthology will debut at “Couplet - 2 days of verse festival” February 3 - 5th

Open to any and all styles of poetry.

Maximum length: 2 pages.

Please send submissions to


Richard Krawiec’s second book of poems, She Hands me the Razor, (title poem nominated for a Pushcart Prize) was published by Press 53. His first book of poems, Breakdown, was a Finalist for a minor award. His poetry and fiction appear in dozens of literary magazines, including Shenandoah, sou’wester, many mountains moving, Witness, Cream City Review, Florida Review, West Branch, Connotation, NC Literary Review, etc. In addition to poetry, he has published 2 novels, Time Sharing(a Publisher's Weekly Recommended List pick) and Faith in What?, a story collection, And Fools of God, and 4 plays. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NC Arts Council(twice), and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He teaches Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced online Fiction Writing for UNC Chapel Hill, for which he won their Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. He is founder of Jacar Press, a Community Active publishing company.

Jessie Carty's writing has appeared in publications such as, MARGIE, decomP and Connotation Press. She is the author of five poetry collections which include the chapbook Fat Girl (Sibling Rivalry, 2011) as well as the award winning full length poetry collection,Paper House (Folded Word 2010). Although she primarily considers herself to be a poet, one of her essays was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011. Jessie teaches at RCCC in Concord, NC. She is also the managing editor of Referential Magazine. She can be found around the web, especially at

Addy Robinson McCulloch is a poet and a freelance editor whose clients include Pearson Education and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Addy has given workshops for a variety of audiences, including the NC Writers’ Network, Duke University’s Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management, and the Cameron Art Museum. Follow her on Twitter @addymac.

Debra Kaufman’s newest collection of poetry is The Next Moment (Jacar Press). She is also the author of Family of Strangers, Still Life Burning (winner of the Kinloch Rivers Chapbook Contest sponsored by the Poetry Society of South Carolina), Moon Mirror Whiskey Wind, and A Certain Light. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies and literary magazines, and her short and full-length plays have been performed throughout North Carolina and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council playwriting scholarship and of a grant from the Central Piedmont Regional Artists Hub Program. Several of her poems have been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes.

Stephanie Levin received her MFA in Poetry from University of Virginia and a Master of
Arts in Literature and Writing from Hollins University. Her work has appeared in Green
Mountains Review, Folio, River Styx, Prairie Schooner, and Shenandoah. In 2009, she
received a North Carolina Arts Council Grant for Poetry. Her collection, Smoke of Her
Body, was chosen by Dorianne Laux as winner of the 2011 Jacar Press Poetry Book
Prize. She is a Reading teacher at Carrboro High School and the mother of two.

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