Hello, <<First Name>>. Today we spotlight three visitors to the Queen City (and Charlotte Lit) we think you'll want to check out: poet Lola Haskins is here November 5; former NC Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti and some friends are here for two events November 10; and writer and performance artist Falú is here and at Goodyear Arts for two events November 12. Details below!

In Partnership with Goodyear Arts

Falú: Love, Above All Things

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1:00-3:00 PM: Charlotte Lit welcomes writer, performer, teaching artist Falú for an exciting and unique workshop — Love, Above All Things:

a •writing workshop •centered •around finding yourself• and losing • what no longer• serves • your growth •becoming grateful • for each • come• and go• where we • fall in love • with • eye contact • and •accept• the places •people are •in their lives • crafting poems • geared toward •learning • how to •show•one another •grace• beyond •our own• judgments – Heart work• is• hard work

Just $10 for this special event! Limited to 24 spaces. More Info / Register

Falú is a writer, performer, teaching artist, and social servant. She is a celebrated performance artist throughout NYC and across the country. As a member of the 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2014 Nuyorican Poets Café Slam Teams, she became the top female poet of the year in 2006, and ranked 3rd in both 2009 and 2012 and was 1/4 of the Tri-State area's first All Female Poetry Slam Team. A Cave Canem Fellow, she is using her writing as activism work for Black Poets Speak Out and Black Lives Matter. She is published in several anthologies, including ‘30/30 and His Rib, and received a full spread in Urban Ink Magazine. Falú is the proud mother of two children, a loyal Brooklynite and believes in fashion. Seriously!

NOVEMBER 12, 7:00 PM: Falú will also be appearing at Goodyear Arts' "Avant Goodyear." Info

Chapbook Lab Poetry Series #1

Lola Haskins


Lola Haskins was the 4X4CLT featured poet for December 2019. Her poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, the London Review of Books, London Magazine, The New York Quarterly, Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Rattle and elsewhere. She has published fourteen collections of poems and a poetry advice book. Ms. Haskins has been awarded three book prizes, two NEA fellowships, four Florida Cultural Affairs fellowships, the Emily Dickinson/Writer Magazine award from Poetry Society of America, and several prizes for narrative poetry. She served from 2005 to 2015 on the faculty of Rainier Writers Workshop. 
FREE! Registration required.

Wednesdays@Lit for November

Joseph Bathanti and Friends: Writing 9/11

A reading and discussion of 9/11 and its aftermath, with Joseph Bathanti and other Charlotte-area poets who contributed to the new anthology, Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 & Its Aftermath (Press 53), edited by Joseph Bathanti and David Potorti.
FREE! Registration required.

Joseph Bathanti is former North Carolina Poet Laureate, and recipient of the 2016 North Carolina Award in Literature. He is author of ten books of poetry, including This Metal, nominated for the National Book Award, and winner of the Oscar Arnold Young Award; Restoring Sacred Art, winner of the 2010 Roanoke Chowan Prize, awarded annually by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association; Concertina, winner of the 2014 Roanoke Chowan Prize; and The 13th Sunday after Pentecost, released by LSU Press in 2016. His novel East Liberty won the 2001 Carolina Novel Award. His novel Coventry won 2006 Novello Literary Award.
A WORKSHOP with Joseph Bathanti, 1:30-3:30 PM in Studio Two.

This session takes head-on what poet Carolyn Forche calls “the poetry of witness” and its advocacy “for a shared sense of humanity and collective resistance.” Writing “the poetry of witness,” is not simply a question of conscience, zeal, and commitment to social change and justice, but of craft and control, especially when the poet’s personal testimony (witness) is so often central to the poem at hand. We’ll closely read and discuss of a number of poems in the anthology, Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 & Its Aftermath, that exemplify “the poetry of witness,” examining them through a “writerly eye” (reading like a writer) and paying careful attention to the kinds of craft choices that influence the emotional voltage and meaning of a given poem. You’ll be given the opportunity to write for the last part of the workshop and to read what you draft, followed by group feedback. 
Registration fee includes a copy of the anthology. 
$55 members, $65 non-members • Register


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Free Events! Registration Open

Nov. 10: Joseph Bathanti & Friends: Writing 9/11 - Register

Dec. 3: Reginald Dwayne Betts: at Midwood Int'l Center Auditorium - Register
Nov. 5: Lola Haskins - Register
Feb. 4, 2022: Jessica Jacobs - Register
Mar. 25, 2022: Stuart Dischell - Register
Jun. 3, 2022: Laure-Anne Bosselaar - Register

Note: Proof of COVID vaccination is required to attend in-person Charlotte Lit events. After you register, email a snap of your vaccination card to

Writers/South Awards

• $10,000 in total prizes
• $1,500 1st / $500 2nd / $250 3rd
• Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and flash
• Enter by December 1. Guidelines here

Tuesdays: Pen to Paper

Every Tuesday we gather on Zoom for a writing prompt, community writing time, and sharing — Led by Meg Rich, Kathie Collins, or Paul Reali — 9:30-10:30 AM.
FREE! Register for any session here to get the week's link.

What's What

Things We Like This Week

WHAT TO BLOG: Mark West's Storied Charlotte blog this week is about Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's "One for the Books" celebration of the Main Library.
• And in case you missed it: last week's blog was about Lisa Zerkle and the creation of Charlotte Lit's 4X4CLT.
WHAT TO POD: Charlotte Readers Podcast: In episode 256, host Landis Wade visits with Brett Marie, author of the novel The Upsetter Blog, the story of an unknown rock band on their journey to fame, documented by an aging writer on their months-long tour. Episode 255 features Christy Hallberg, author of Searching for Jimmy Page, a coming-of-age tale that takes the reader from eastern Carolina to the streets of London.


Charlotte Lit's Writers/South Awards. $10,000 in prizes, deadline December 1. Info
Doris Betts Fiction Prize, sponsored by the NC Writers' Network, awards $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review to a short story under 6,000 words. The final judge is Monique Truong. Deadline is October 31. Info
Press 53 Award for Short Fiction: For an outstanding, unpublished collection of stories. First Prize: $1,000 Advance, publication (softcover and hardcover), 50 copies. Deadline: December 31. Info

More Lit Arts Action


November 19- 21: Fall Conference, Sheraton Imperial in Durham-RTP — and available as a livestream so that writers can attend from home. More than 20 classes on the craft and business of writing, spread across five sessions in two days, plus three multi-session Master Classes, a Manuscript Mart and a Critique Service, and three general-session panel discussions: “From Lore to Lit and Back Again,” with the NC Folklife Institute; “Community Journalism,” sponsored by PEN America; and the ever-popular (and self-explanatory) “Agents & Editors.” Info


NEW! Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic, October 27, 7-9 PM. Featured poets Les Brown and Gary V. Powell, plus open mic. Info

NEW! Queen City Zine Fest, October 30, 11 a.m. to 5 PM. Goodyear Arts, Camp North End, 40+ artists and vendors, free admission. Info

Birds to Words: Celebrating Nature the Wing Haven Way, a two-day symposium November 3-4, with options to participate in one or all programs and experiences. Among the offerings: "Virtual Workshop: Writing With Nature, November 3 at 1:30 PM. Info

Verse & Vino, November 4, 7 PM: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation’s signature annual fundraiser is a celebration of reading, writing and the joy of libraries – shared with a community of readers and New York Times best-selling authors. This year: Janet Evanovich, Alka Joshi, Heather Morris, Alex Michaelides, Bryant Terry, and debut author Wanda Morris. November 4, 7 PM. Info

Atlanta Writers Conference, November 5-6, in-person at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel — with virtual options, too! Activities include: Manuscript Sample Critiques, Pitches, Query Letter Critiques, Workshops, Editor Q&A Panel, and Agent Q&A Panel. Info

Flatiron Writers Room in Asheville hosts a number of great classes, some in person and some online. Check out Manipulating Time, November 14, with Tessa FontaineInfo


November 8: Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time with Tiffany Grantham via Zoom, 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, November 16: Monthly Meeting. Author Sarah Archer on Structure, Marketability, and Other Screenwriting Secrets. 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, November 24: LIVE Open Mic Night for CWC Members to read their work, 6:45 - 9 PM. Mug's Coffee, 5126 Park Road, Charlotte.


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