Celebrating a Year of Poetry with the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center

Kym Gordon Moore, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, Poetry Open Mic, Poetry AnniversaryA year ago, I never thought I would be talking about my amazing journey of poetry, with an intimate community of diverse poets. It began with a simple question that I emailed to Susan Didier, the Community Development Specialist for the Town of Indian Trail. I asked if poetry open mic readings or other poetry related events were offered by the center. Sadly she said no, but invited me to stop by to discuss developing something. Initially, I thought the plan would be for a one-time poetry reading. However, here we are one year later, celebrating my first anniversary of working with Susan to develop what would be the “First” of many “Firsts” from our collaborations in poetry. We called this anniversary celebration “Picnic of Poetry,” our last hoorah for the summer.

Since my first “Conversations in Poetry” open mic reading in September, 2013, we witnessed a growing community of poets and poetry enthusiasts who became involved with our initiative. Another “first” came when I sent out invitations to Mayors around North Carolina to issue a proclamation on behalf of their city or town, to recognize April as National Poetry Month. I was humbled to receive responses from many Mayors who agreed to participate in my project. During National Poetry Month (NPM) 2014, Mayor Michael Alvarez of Indian Trail read and issued his Mayoral Proclamation for this historical commemoration. Click here to see the video recapping that monumental event. Another special moment in poetry occurred when I facilitated the first poetry workshop for children that Susan and I planned. Eleven children from age 5 to 12 participated in this workshop. They were taught the fundamentals of poetry, recited poems they created during the session, and displayed a collage they designed inspired by their poems. This was a free workshop and participants were rewarded with a certificate of completion and gifts.

Last Saturday, as we celebrated our first anniversary, at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, a fresh pot of poetry gumbo was being served, with spectacular ingredients for a hearty poetic appetite. Appearing on the menu was a true Thespian reciting Shakespeare, personal reflections from a Pulitzer Prize Nominee, spiritual revelations delivered by a Spoken Word artist, a recital by a five-year old, who is a published author of a children’s illustration book, poetic verses accompanied by the art of an accomplished violinist, and many personal stanzas of reflection shared by other local poets.

The Picnic of Poetry festivities brought out an amazing night of incredible talent performed by poets Amanda Vilani, Dwight Roth, Kyla McKenzie, Robert Hinson, Christian George, Michael Faulkenberry, Alan Pearce, Tara Trent, Rome D’Carlo and Ryan Petty. A special audience-involved poetry musical postlude was performed by open mic regular Chip Long, accompanied by poet and guitarist, Dwight Roth. Susan Didier caught the proverbial poetry bug and read her poem, “The Dynamic Start” that highlighted how the poetry revolution began, with the first time she and I met in her office, at the Cultural Arts Center. Click on the photos below for individual captions.

I officially established my Poets for Hunger© mission and partnered with the Cultural Arts Center to begin collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items for Common Cupboard. Common Cupboard is a food pantry established in 2006, by Common Heart. We will continue to collect these food items, at the October and November poetry open mic events, to benefit those in need within our community. Keith Adams, Executive Director of Common Heart, addressed the audience with history about the organization’s humble beginnings, ongoing dedicated mission and amazing contributions they are making to those who need it, in the community.

Last, but not least, we announced the call for entries in our very first “Poet Tree Bird House Contest.” Applications were available for those who wanted to participate and there are two categories – one for adults and one for children. Judging will be based on the best decorated bird house, the best poem and best overall, in both categories. Judging will be done in late October and the winners will be announced during our November Open Mic night. The undecorated bird houses are provided by Peddlers Marketplace, on Highway 74 in Indian Trail.

To say the least, this had been an incredible year of many historical “firsts” for me, on my poetic journey. It is such an honor to meet so many poetry enthusiasts, artists, musicians and supporters of this genre, who have enriched my life in a magnificent way. I look forward to preparing an even larger pot of poetry gumbo, to feed more hungry poetry souls, on the road ahead! Thanks Susan Didier! To our poets, old and new, you guys ROCK!


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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Celebrations, Poetry


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Celebrating National Thank You Day!

Thank you, Appreciation, Thanks, Gratitude“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”

If ever there should be an expression of gratitude, it should be every day. Today we uplift and celebrate the gift of two words, that we fail to use as often as we should. Those two beautiful words are “Thank You.”

Did someone open a door for you to enter? Did someone allow you to pull in front of them during rush hour this morning? Did someone pick up something you dropped on the floor and hand it back to you? Did someone make breakfast for you this morning? Did someone do something kind for you today? Did someone pay you a compliment?  Did someone make a difference in your life?

“Thank you” is a common courtesy that you express to others, who extended some act of kindness to you, regardless of how big it may be. If someone mentored or inspired you to do bigger and better things, then write them a note, send them a card or give them a call and just say “Thank you.” You have no idea how much that can make a person’s day!

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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Celebrations, Empowerment


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Using Poetry to Support Local Food Drive

Poets for Hunger, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, Common Cupboard, Common Heart, Food Drive



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Posted by on September 12, 2014 in Community Outreach, Poetry


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September 11th Cannot Escape Our Memory

9-11, Terrorist Attacks on USA, September 11

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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Memorial


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Today is International Literacy Day

UNESCO, International Literacy Day, Fighting Global IlliteracyAs we celebrate International Literacy Day, during National Literacy Month, we were pleased to learn that Boston became the first city to designate an official literary cultural district in the United States. According to the guidelines of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), the cultural districts established within Massachusetts are defined as a “specific geographical area in a city or town that has a concentration of cultural facilities, activities, and assets. It is a walkable, compact area that is easily identifiable to visitors and residents, and serves as a center of cultural, artistic, and economic activity.” The Literary Cultural District represents one of about two dozen other cultural districts.

Boston is home to many of America’s great writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry David Thoreau. This city is dubbed the “Athens of America” and the “Broadway for writers.”

International Literacy Day highlights the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Each year, UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) reminds the international community of the status of global literacy and adult learning. On November 17, 1965, UNESCO proclaimed September 8th as International Literacy Day. Click here to learn more about UNESCO’s literacy and sustainable development. How can you help fight illiteracy in your community?

“Literacy is a key lever of change and a practical tool of empowerment on each of the three main pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection.”
- Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan

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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Celebrations, Literacy, News


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OPEN MIC Anniversary: Bring your picnic baskets, folding chairs and POETRY!

Kym Gordon Moore, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, North Carolina PoetJoin North Carolina Poet, Kym Gordon Moore, as she celebrates her year of poetry with the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, on Saturday September 13, 2014. The Picnic of Poetry celebration will take place on the green of the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, from 4:00-7:00pm! This is a FREE open mic event.

Poets for Hunger© (whose founder is Kym Moore) and the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center would like for everyone to kindly donate a canned good or nonperishable food item to benefit Common Cupboard. This food pantry was established in 2006, by Common Heart, a nonprofit organization located in Indian Trail, NC. A container will be available on site to put your donated food items in.

This anniversary celebration will feature author readings and book signings on site. Light refreshments will be on hand. Featured multi-media artist Erin Penland will also be on location, to artistically capture the festivities throughout the afternoon.

Join us for an evening of fun, food, fellowship and POETRY!!! If you are a poet in the Charlotte and Indian Trail, North Carolina areas, and would like to participate in this event, or want more information, please contact Susan Didier, Indian Trail Community Development Specialist at 704-821-2541 or

Bring your picnic baskets. Bring your folding chairs. Bring your poetry!

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Posted by on September 7, 2014 in Celebrations, Poetry


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September is National Literacy Month

September is National Literacy Month, From Behind the Pen, National Literacy Month

Although March is National Get-Ready-to-Read Month, September rolls around with National Literacy Month. Reading is truly fundamental for continued literacy enhanced learning. Approximately 1 in 4 children in the United States grow up without learning how to read and 32 million adults in America can’t read.

I continue to sound the alarm that this is unacceptable in a country like the United States of America, that has unlimited resources for reading, researching, learning and creating. Last month, I launched Poets for Hunger© designed to feed the mind, body and spirit through poetry. Poets for Hunger© is a not-for-profit mission designed to rally poets into bringing greater awareness to the issues of hunger, through the efforts and support of the poetry community. Such matters include eradicating the lack of food, increasing cognitive performance through education and improving emotional deficiency. 

Illiteracy is linked to poverty, crime, hunger, a burden on the health care system and dropping out of school. This month, join us in bringing awareness to illiteracy and making a difference to wipe out the ills that puts a burden on literacy in our country! If we don’t bring an end to illiteracy, it will bring an end to us.

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Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Education, Literacy


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