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Jan 15, 2019

Submit Your Poems to the 2019 NC State Poetry Contest

The annual NC State Poetry Contest is a free literary competition open to all North Carolina residents. 

Feb 23, 2017

NC State’s Poet in Residence Honored by National Association of Writers, Writing Programs

Retiring professor of English and poet in residence John Balaban has received the prestigious George Garrett award from the national Association of Writers and Writing Programs for outstanding community service in literature. 

A red plan rests on a notepad.

Feb 17, 2017

Submit Your Poems to the 2017 NC State Poetry Contest

The NC State creative writing program is accepting entries to its annual statewide writing contest. Open to all North Carolina residents, the contest is one of the largest free literary competitions in the Southeast and drew more than 600 entrants last year. 

Mar 23, 2016

Upcoming: Pulitzer Poet Yusef Komunyakaa

Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa served as this year’s judge for the NC State Poetry Contest. The contest — considered one of the largest free poetry contests in the southeast — yielded 636 entries this year. When Komunyakaa visits NC State on April 6-7, he will announce the contest winners, visit with students and hold a public reading of his own poetry. 

Jan 29, 2016

NC State Poetry Contest Seeks Entries

Calling all North Carolina poets! The NC State Poetry Contest, organized by the university’s creative writing program, is accepting entries for its 2016 competition. 

Nov 2, 2015

Foreign Language Prof’s Poetry Spans 40 Creative Years

Tom Feeny started teaching language and literature courses in 1959 and has been teaching at NC State since 1970. However, he’s been writing poetry since he was a teenager. That early pastime became an avocation he’s pursued ever since, motivated by the pure satisfaction of the creative act. 

May 14, 2015

Poet’s First Book of Verse Wins Prize

NC State MFA alumna Noel Crook has achieved what felt like an unattainable dream: She is a poet, and a prize-winning one at that. Crook won the Crab Orchard Review First Book Award, a national prize providing up-and-coming poets with the opportunity to publish their first book. Crook, who earned her MFA in creative writing from NC State in 2008, gave her $2,500 prize money to NC State to support the MFA program, telling the university’s development office there wouldn’t be a book without John Balaban, the university’s emeritus poet-in-residence.