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Art is for Everyone: Poetry Workshop Series

June 11, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

| $15 – $40

With support from the Orange County Arts Commission, the Hillsborough Arts Council is hosting an outdoor Poetry Workshop Series. We invite you to spend a sunny afternoon (or three) refining your creative writing and public speaking skills, inspired by time and place in Hillsborough, NC, and guided by professional literary artists.


Join esteemed local poets, sharing a diverse variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and styles, in River Park on Sundays afternoons, June 11, 18, and 25, 2023 from 1-4pm. Register for the date(s) that work for you, or bundle them together for a discount.


No experience necessary. Open to everyone, 16 and up.


$15 per workshop

$40 for the full series

Introducing Our Teaching Artists:

Sunday, June 11, 1-4pm – Gary Phillips is a life-long North Carolinian born in Appalachia and long-term resident of Chatham County, is the 2016-2018 poet laureate of Carrboro. He is a writer, naturalist, and entrepreneur with a special interest in conservation and land-protective strategies. He is also a real estate broker with Weaver Street Realty, which he co-founded over thirty years ago… Learn more about Gary Philliips.

Sunday, June 18, 1-4pm – Khalisa Rae, based in Durham, NC, is an award-winning, multi-hyphenate poet, educator, and culture journalist, serving as Senior Writer at Jezebel. As a former English professor and public school teaching artist, Khalisa’s passion lies in uplifting women and youth through community engagement. Her first chapbook, Real Girls Have Real Problems, was published in 2012 by Jacar Press and later adapted into a sold-out play called, “The Seven Deadly Sins of Being a Woman”… Learn more about Khalisa Rae.

Sunday, June 25, 1-4pm – Christopher Massenburg, better known as Dasan Ahanu, is a public speaker, organizer, curator, educator, poet, spoken word artist, songwriter, emcee, and loyal Hip Hop-head born and raised in Raleigh, NC. In 2023, Dasan was named the 15th Piedmont Laureate, as the second poet to hold the post… Learn more about Dasan Ahanu.

Space is limited. Click below to reserve your spot.

*Hillsborough Arts Council Sustainers at the Ambassador level and above are entitled to a discount to participate in ticketed events. Please contact director@hillsboroughartscouncil.org for more information. Click here to learn more about becoming a HAC Sustainer!


*HAC strives to ensure access to opportunities like this. If you require special accommodations or financial support to attend, please do not hesitate to reach out to programs@hillsboroughartscouncil.org.