Programs & Events

Science Cafe: Poetry Scope

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Science Talks
Aug. 8, 2013 | Thursday, 7:00pm
Location: Nature Research Center - The Daily Planet Café

Join us for Poetry Scope, an evening of science through the lens of poetry. Five Triangle-area poets will read and discuss their science-inspired poems, which were selected from more than 50 poems submitted for consideration, because of their scientific content, connection to the Museum, and diverse representation of the natural sciences. 

About our Speakers

Claudette Cohen is the winner of the 2013 Doris Betts Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in Cream City, Lyric Poetry, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Squaw Valley, and Owen Wister Reviews, storySouth, Southern Anthology, and Mainstreet Rag, among others. An alumna of Agnes Scott, University of Wyoming, and UNC Wilmington, Cohen attended Squaw Valley on scholarship and was awarded residency at Ucross Foundation. A new short story of hers is soon to appear in the anthology, Phantom Manners: Contemporary Southern Gothic Fiction by Women (University of South Carolina Press).

Cherryl Floyd-Miller is a poet and playwright whose work explores themes of family, identity, womanism, myth and folklore, Southern culture, iconism, fidelity/infidelity, intersections of personal and public history and love. She has been published in numerous publications and anthologies, including Poetry, Essence magazine and North Carolina Literary Review. She has published three collections of poems: Utterance: A Museology of Kin (Sadorian Publications, 2003), Chops (Nexus Press, 2005) and Exquisite Heats (Salt Publishing, 2008).

Angela Kirby has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Duke and owns a graphic design company. She has published handful of poems, won a couple of writing awards, and is working on a sci-fi/fantasy novel. Writing is her first love; science is a close second. Angela is a North Carolina native who lives and works in in Raleigh.

Anna Weaver was raised in Oklahoma and lives in Cary with her two daughters. She reads frequently at Raleigh-area open mics, and her poems have appeared in Star*Line, Utter Magazine, Summerset Review, and elsewhere. Links to her work are at

Lisa Zerkle has served as President of the North Carolina Poetry Society, community columnist for The Charlotte Observer, and co-editor of Kakalak.  Heart of the Light, her first chapbook, is available from Finishing Line Press.  She is currently working on a collection of poetry based on the production of energy from the industrial age to the present.

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