Craven Early College Students

November 6, 2018:

Students from Craven Early College High School will be the Featured Poets at the First Tuesday Poetry Open Mic at 7 pm November 6th at the Harrison Center, 311 Middle Street in New Bern.

“Come support your youth as they perform poems, both classical and modern. Listen as they show you what poetry means to them,” said Amanda Smith, their instructor. “One student told me, “I learned the words on paper only tell half the story, the other half is in between the lines.

Craven Early College students will compete in the National Poetry Out Loud Recitation competition this year. Learn more about Poetry Out Loud at

The students appreciate this opportunity, as it prepares them for the county level of the competition—to be held Wednesday evening, December 5th on Craven Community College’s campus. In December, one county winner will go on to represent Craven Early College at the state level competition in Greensboro, NC. The event is open to the public.

“This is an important contest where our students polish their performance skills,” Ms. Smith said. “This has produced some wonderful poetry recitations.”

After the Featured Poets reads, the mic is open for original poems from other poets who sign up. The Harrison Center, is located at 311 Middle Street in New Bern. This is a free event with donations requested to pay for the space. The readings are sponsored by the Nexus Poets, a group of New Bern poets promoting poetry in Eastern North Carolina.