2022 Poetry Series

Charlotte Lit’s Poetry Chapbook Lab is bringing to our city four fantastic poets, who will each read and discuss their work in a free public event.

COVID UPDATE: In-person events require proof of COVID vaccination in advance. After registering, please email a photo of your vaccination card to staff@charlottelit.org. We closely monitor the CDC’s guidance. Should the situation make it necessary, we’re prepared to shift events to Zoom format.

Our next poetry reading will be held online Friday, June 3, 2022.

An Online Poetry Reading & Conversation with Laure-Anne Bosselaar

Date: Friday, June 3, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m
Location: Via Zoom

Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, Small Gods of Grief (winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize), A New Hunger (an ALA Notable Book), and These Many Rooms. Her poetry has been featured on Poetry Daily, The Academy of American Poets’ “Poem-a-Day,” and in Georgia Review, Ploughshares and Harvard Review.  Garrison Keillor read four of her poems on NPR’s “A Writer’s Almanac.” A Pushcart Prize recipient, and the editor of five anthologies, she taught at Sarah Lawrence College, UCSB, and teaches at the Solstice Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Free, but space is limited, so please REGISTER HERE.

Laure-Anne Bosselaar

Past Readings in This Series

A Poetry Reading & Conversation with Stuart Dischell 

Date: Friday, April 1, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Charlotte Lit’s Studio Two (in-person)

Stuart Dischell is the author of Children with Enemies (University of Chicago Press, 2017), as well as Good Hope Road, a 1991 National Poetry Series Selection (Viking, 1993); Evenings & Avenues (Penguin, 1996); Dig Safe (Penguin, 2003); and Backwards Days (Penguin, 2007). Dischell’s poems have been published in journals such as The Atlantic, The New Republic, AGNI, Slate, The Kenyon Review, and in anthologies including Essential Pleasures, Hammer and Blaze, The Pushcart Prize, and Good Poems. A recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, he teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at University of North Carolina Greensboro.

A Poetry Reading & Conversation with Jessica Jacobs

Friday, March 4, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Charlotte Lit’s Studio Two (in-person)

Jessica Jacobs is a long-time Charlotte Lit faculty member, currently working with our Chapbook Lab, and has twice been a featured poet for 4X4CLT. She is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going (Four Way Books), one of Library Journal’s Best Poetry Books of the Year, winner of the Goldie Award in Poetry from the Golden Crown Literary Society, and a finalist for both the Brockman-Campbell and Julie Suk Book Awards. Her debut collection, Pelvis with Distance (White Pine Press), a biography-in-poems of Georgia O’Keeffe, won the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and Julie Suk Award. An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock-climbing instructor, bartender, and professor, and now serves as the Chapbook Editor for Beloit Poetry Journal. She lives in Asheville, NC, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown, with whom she co-authored Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire (Spruce Books/PenguinRandomHouse), and is at work on parallel collections of essays and poems exploring spirituality, Torah, and Midrash.

A Poetry Reading & Conversation with Lola Haskins

Date:  Friday, November 5, 2021
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Charlotte Lit’s Studio Two (in person)

Lola Haskins was the 4X4CLT featured poet for December 2019. Her poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, the London Review of Books, London Magazine, The New York Quarterly, Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Rattle and elsewhere, as well as having been broadcast on NPR and BBC radio. She has published fourteen collections of poems, a poetry advice book and a non-fiction book about fifteen Florida cemeteries. Ms. Haskins has been awarded three book prizes, two NEA fellowships, four Florida Cultural Affairs fellowships, the Emily Dickinson/Writer Magazine award from Poetry Society of America, and several prizes for narrative poetry. She retired from teaching Computer Science at the University of Florida in 2005 and served from then until 2015 on the faculty of Rainier Writers Workshop.

Lola Haskins