Please note: West Building is now closed through October 7, 2022, to complete an exciting reinstallation of the People’s Collection. During this time enjoy free exhibitions on view in East Building, indoor and outdoor events and programming, and the 164-acre Museum Park. We’re excited to welcome visitors back to a new Museum experience starting October 8, 2022. Learn more about the opening weekend celebration.

Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 & Its Aftermath (a Poetry Reading)

We invite you to an evening of poetry from the anthology Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 & Its Aftermath. Join host Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina poet laureate/NCMA poet in residence; the editors, former North Carolina poet laureate Joseph Bathanti and 9/11 family member and former literature and theater director for the North Carolina Arts Council David Potorti; and poets featured in the anthology.

From the publisher: “No matter how you were touched by the events of September 11, 2001, that moment continues to resonate. Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 & Its Aftermath illuminates not only what happened that day, but what continues to challenge us twenty years later: Islamophobia, the vilification of refugees and asylum seekers, nationalism, supercharged military budgets, and rises in virulent racism and domestic terrorism.”

The NCMA event features poets Diya Abdo, Betty Adcock, Fred L. Joiner, Debra Kaufman, Lenard D. Moore, and Benito del Pliego. Read their bios here.

Images courtesy of the poets


Apr 28, 2022


7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Free; registration required


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Tickets go on sale March 1 at 10 am.
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Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm
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