The Coffee with the Poet series continues on Thursday, July 20th at 10:30 a.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The July meeting will feature Winston-Salem poet, Sam Barbee. His poems have appeared Poetry South, Crucible, Asheville Poetry Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology VII: North Carolina, Potato Eyes, Georgia Journal, Main Street Rag, Iodine, and Pembroke Magazine, among others. His fiction has been recognized by the Norfolk Society for the Arts and published in Atlantis.
His second poetry collection, That Rain We Needed (Press 53), was published in April of 2016, and a nominee for the Roanoke-Chowan Award as one of North Carolina’s best poetry collections of 2016. He was awarded an "Emerging Artist's Grant" from the Winston-Salem Arts Council to publish his first collection Changes of Venue (Mount Olive Press); has been a featured poet on the North Carolina Public Radio Station WFDD; received the 59th Poet Laureate Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society for his poem "The Blood Watch"; and is a Pushcart nominee.
Sam lives in Winston-Salem with his wife and has two children, and retired from his day job of 32 years with the Winston-Salem Recreation Department. He is the 2017 President-Elect for the NC Poetry Society and Past-President of Winston-Salem Writers. The Coffee with the Poet series gathers the third Thursday of each month and is cosponsored by the North Carolina Writers Network. For more information please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.