Poetry Lincolnton has been hosting readings at the Lincoln Cultural Center every month since 2011 and now the fruit of those meetings is something tangible.
The group released its first anthology in June, “The Best of Poetry Lincolnton 2013 Reading Series,” through a co-sponsorship with Charlotte-based publisher Main Street Rag. The eclectic works within the book reflect part of the group’s approach to its monthly readings — a variety of perspectives were welcomed and the thee poets at the group’s core, Morgan DiStefano, Shane Manier and Devona Wyant, sought to create a comfortable space where poets and writers could be free to express themselves.
The main requirement for publication within the 71-page text was that the poems and short story excerpts were pieces that were read during one of Poetry Lincolnton’s monthly sessions. Twenty-six different writers had their works featured in the book, resulting in a mixture of themes and styles. The book contains at least one piece that every poetry aficionado can appreciate — abstract poems, concrete poems, politically charged poems and poems that describe a whole range of emotion.
All proceeds from sales of the anthology, which costs $5 and can be bought at Poetry Lincolnton’s monthly readings, will be donated to the Lincoln Cultural Center.