Poetry Reading @ The Artisan

April 7th!

The first ever Poetry Reading Series by The Write Club is at:

The Artisan
410 Glenwood Ave
Ste 350
Raleigh, NC 27603


Booked with:

Dorianne Laux!

Laux has been teaching poetry in private and public venues since 1990 and since 2004 at Pacific University’s Low-Residency MFA Program.  In the summers she teaches at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California and Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.  Her poems have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Romanian, Dutch, Afrikaans and Brazilian Portuguese, and her selected works, “In a Room with a Rag in my Hand,” have been translated into Arabic by Camel/Kalima Press.  Recent poems appear in The American Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, Cerise Press, Margie, The Seattle Review, Tin House and The Valparaiso Review.  Laux’s fifth collection, The Book of Men, (W.W. Norton, 2011) is currently available.  She and her husband, poet Joseph Millar, moved to Raleigh in 2008 where she teaches poetry in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Jon Thompson!

Jon Thompson is an associate professor of English at North Carolina State University, where he teaches courses in twentieth century literature. In addition to his publications in poetry, he has published Fiction, Crime and Empire (University of Illinois Press, 1993). He also edits Free Verse: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry & Poetics and is the editor of Parlor Press’s poetry series,Free Verse Editions.

We are both honored and pleased that these two esteemed poets would grace our first reading series with their presence.  For this first series we will also have the core Write Club members performing (C. E. Wernlund, Joshua Booth, and Brenna T. Leath).


About the Venue: The Artisian

Every new restaurant is trying to do something special, but rarely will you find a business more engrossed in the community than The Artisan. At first, the concept for the restaurant/bar was ambitious. We wanted to appeal to every type of diner and socialite in Raleigh. We wanted to serve great food to regular guests. Becoming a place where everyone feels welcome, from vegetarians to families, was what we wanted to create. While most new spots in Raleigh are trying to bring something they think Raleigh needs, we decided to bring something Raleigh wants.

Making it our priority to feature locality was the first step. Raleigh is full of unique artists, musicians, farmers, and brewers that we wanted to use and share. Obviously, this step would help immerse us in the community. More importantly however, helping out independent and local entrepreneurs to stimulate creativity and economic growth is exactly what we’re about.

So, we used what we had close to us: local resources, North Carolina micro-breweries, organic produce from the farmer miles away. We started featuring local musicians, wine, art, beer, and ingredients. We rotate new artwork premiered on the first Friday of every month to keep the atmosphere alive.

We’re building a community of guests who know what to expect from The Artisan: authentic Mediterranean cuisine, an extensive drink selection, a welcoming atmosphere, an accommodating staff, creative bartenders and chefs, and a familiar atmosphere that quintessentially represents what Raleigh is all about.

This will be an exciting event and hopefully will have a sell out crowd.  We hope to see you all out there!  Come out and support Local NC Poetry!


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