2012 Festival


Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition winners have been announced. The Fourth Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition received over 700 poems from 250 poets. 32% of the poems were submitted by poets who lived outside USA. 53% of the poems were submitted from NC. New York and California followed NC in the number of submissions.


Poetry selection committee (In alphabetical order) was as follows:Greg Dawes, Professor, Foreign Languages an Literatures, NCSU; Joseph Donahue, Poet & Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke University; Dorianne Laux, Poet & Professor of English, NCSU;Murat Nemet-Nejat, Poet, translator, and essayist;Tanya Olson Poet & Instructor, Vance-Granville Community College & Vice-President, Carolina Wren Press; Hatice Orun Ozturk, Poet & Teaching Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, NCSU; Pre-judging was done by Dianne Timblin, Managing Editor, Duke University Press



The following poets were selected as the winners of this year’s competition (In alphabetical order):



Hala Alyan
Brooklyn, NY

Peter Blair
Charlotte, NC

Kevin Boyle
Burlington, NC

Amy Leigh Brown
Durham, NC

Hedy Habra
Portage, MI

Jeffrey Kahrs
Seattle, WA

Daniel Abdal-Hayy
Philadelphia, PA

Anna Lena Phillips
Durham, NC

Iris Tillman
Chapel Hill, NC

Tim Van Dyke
Sanford, FL

Honorable Mentions :

Elizabeth Gargano

Charlotte, NC

Emily Romeyn

Davidson, NC

Poetry Workshops


Two workshops was offered as part of the Fourth Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival:


Poetry Workshop by Alice Osborn:


 Alice Osborn, M.A. is the author of three books of poetry, After the Steaming Stops (Main Street Rag, 2012), Unfinished Projects (Main Street Rag, 2010) and Right Lane Ends (Catawba, 2006); she is a manuscript editor, successful blogger and humorous speaker. Alice teaches creative writing all over the country where she uses sensory images and road-tested prompts to stimulate her students' best work.  Her work has appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and two children.






The youth poetry workshop (Repeat After Me) with Michael Beadle:


Michael Beadle is a poet, teaching artist and author living in Canton, N.C. Since 1998, he has also been performing original, classical and contemporary poetry for schools, festivals and special events throughout North Carolina. His poetry collections include Friends We Haven’t Met (2008) and An Invented Hour (2004). His poems have been published in various literary journals and anthologies including The New Southerner, Pinesong, Smoky Mountain Review, and The Sound of Poets Cooking. In 2009, he recorded and produced Kaboom, a CD of original poems.

As a creative writing instructor, Michael teaches throughout North Carolina, working with thousands of students from elementary schools to the college level. He is listed in the touring artists directory for the North Carolina Arts Council and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. An A+ Schools Fellow since 1998, he has facilitated staff development workshops in North Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Michigan. He teaches workshops on poetry performance, poetry writing, the art of advertising, and journalism.

Michael is the co-author of a comprehensive bicentennial retrospective book, Haywood County: Portrait of a Mountain Community (Southern Historical Press, 2009), which won the 2010 President’s Award from the N.C. Society of Historians. He is also the author of Haywood County (Arcadia, 2010) and co-author of Waynesville (Arcadia, 2010) – both books include historic photographs documenting the people, places and culture of Haywood County in western North Carolina. He volunteers as the coordinator of the Haywood SnapShot Project, a Haywood County historical group that gathers, researches and exhibits historic photographs.

Since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a journalism degree in 1994, Michael has published more than 1,500 articles in newspapers and magazines across North Carolina. His feature stories have garnered several N.C. Press Association awards.









Organized by ATA-NC

The 2012 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival has been made possible by a major grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation
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