2013 Festival

The fifth Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival celebrated the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Our invited speaker is Fady Joudah, poet and the leading translator of Darwish’s poetry to English. The program will also include a panel discussion on the life and poetry of Mahmoud Darwish.


Poetry selection committee was as follows (in alphabetical order):

Greg Dawes, Professor, Foreign Languages an Literatures, NCSU; Joseph Donahue, Poet & Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke University; Dorianne Laux, Poet & Professor of  English, NCSU; Joseph Millar, Poet; 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

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




Malaika King Albrecht

Robert Cole


Sierra Golden


Matthew Hothams

Debra Kaufman


Valerie Nieman


Jeremy Dae Paden

Jennifer Raha


Shannon Camlin Ward


Honorable Mentions:

Chris Abbate

Jacqueline Alnes

Lisa Bourbeau


Howie Faerstein


Maura High


Jenny Binckes Lee


 Invited Poets

Fady Joudah


Kathryn Stripling Bayer


Translation Initiative


This marks the first year of our new and exciting effort on translating Turkish poetry.  We are starting with three translators: Murat Nemet-Nejat translating four Birhan Keskin poems, Hatice Orun / Jeffrey Kahrs translating 3 Gulten Akin poems and Erdag Goknar translating from Nazim's Quatrains.



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.





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