Thursday, December 14, 2017
Refreshments: 3:30 Program: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public
Mimi Herman bills herself as a teaching artist, a writer, a consultant, an editor and of course, a poet. In 2017 she was named the North Carolina Piedmont Laureate in Poetry, adding one more honor to a long list of awards and honors.
Mimi Herman has been publishing her poems and essays since 1998 in a variety of publications.
She not only writes her poems, she performs them. She holds workshops, readings and a variety of other events to encourage all of us to experiment with sounds and language to express our thoughts. Mimi currently directs the United Arts Council Arts Integration Institute and offers writing retreats with her partner, John Yewell, in North Carolina, France and Italy through a program with the creative name of Writeaways. An interview in the News & Observer quotes her as saying, “If you say you can’t write poetry, that only means you haven’t worked with me yet.”
One of her poems, Open Spaces provides a poetic statement of her credo. Among other beliefs, she says, “I believe in not filling silences with words unless they’re worth their weight in silence.”