Meet the Author Tea Featuring Piedmont Laureate Mimi Herman
What better way to break the headlong rush into the holidays than by stopping to enjoy a poet and some poetry along with tea (or coffee) and cookies. Meet the Author offers just that break from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. Presented by the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library, it is free and open to the public.
In 2017 Mimi Herman was named the North Carolina Piedmont Laureate in Poetry, adding one more honor to a long list of awards and honors. As the Piedmont Laureate, she is committed to bringing the residents of the area together through poetry. She bills herself as a teaching artist, a writer, a consultant, an editor and of course, a poet.
Mimi 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. 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.”
Mimi has a BA cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she double majored in English and Psychology with Honors in Fiction Writing. She also earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson. She has taught a variety of courses and workshops including a two-year period at the Kennedy Center where her theme was STEAM Poetry, Understanding Science through Metaphor, a play on the term STEM for subjects involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. She has also worked with the Raleigh Civic Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony on the music of poetry. She has taught at Elon University, done workshops for teachers in the San Francisco Unified Schools, and provided a host of readings all around North Carolina as well as California, Florida, and New York. She worked with the Duke Center for Documentary Studies on “Children and the Experience of Illness.” She is the author of two monographs -- Logophilia and the Art of Learning.
Who: Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library
What: Meet the Author Tea: Mimi Herman, Piedmont Laureate
Where: Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room B
When: Thursday, Dec. 14……..3:30 p.m. Refreshments 4-5 p.m. Program