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Durham County Library Hosts Program on Black Mountain Poets

Program: Meet the Black Mountain Poets!
Date: Sunday, July 20
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host the Washington Street Writers Group for a presentation of works by the Black Mountain poets at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, at the Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd.

Located in North Carolina, Black Mountain College (1933-56) was a fabled experimental institution in art education and practice. Many connected with the college were part of the American avant-garde of the 1950s and 60s. The presentation will include works by many famous Black Mountain Poets, including Gary Snyder, Robert Creeley, M. C. Richards, Denise Levertov, Diane Di Prima, Charles Olson, Allen Ginsberg and others.

The members of the Washington Street Writers Group – Beverly Fields Burnette, Sally Ann Drucker, Jan Z. Hilton, Richard Krawiec, Bruce Lader, Lenard D. Moore and Randy W. Pait – are all published writers. Burnette is additionally a storyteller and re-creator of Zora Neale Hurston. Drucker is also known for her re-creations of famous women, performed at the Durham County Library and elsewhere. Hilton’s book of poems was recently published, and Krawiec, founder of Jacar Press, is the author of several books of poetry and fiction. Lader has published four books of poetry. Moore is a poet, essayist and playwright, known for haiku and blues poems. Pait is known for his prose poems and minimalist style. Their books will be on sale after the presentation.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or


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