Poetry in Motion 01 Cool Spring Downtown is bringing poetry to Fayetteville. In celebration of National Poetry Month, the organization will host Poetry in Motion, featuring poet Nick Courmon on Friday, April 22.

The event will take place onboard downtown Fayetteville’s “Can Do” Caldwell Banker Trolley and depart from Bright Light Brewing Company at 7 p.m., then again at 8 p.m.

International poet and spoken-word artist, Nick Courmon, will bring his poetry to a moving stage as ticket holders enjoy a relaxing ride around the city, perhaps with a beer in hand.

“In celebration of National Poetry Month, we want to highlight one of the many talented local poets in Fayetteville,” said Lauren Falls, director of marketing and events for Cool Spring Downtown District. “We are excited to have Nick Courmon perform his pieces on the ‘Can-Do’ Coldwell Banker Trolley.”

A native of Greensboro, Courmon’s poetry focuses on social issues, mental health and African American history. Widely published, Courmon has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, and his work can be seen in BROAD magazine, and Teen Ink magazine, to name a few.

Cool Spring Downtown, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining the arts and entertainment district in downtown Fayetteville, is excited to host this unique event and invites anyone and everyone over the age of 21 to come out and enjoy.

Falls wants ticket holders to “experience the vibe as you take a ride on the ‘Can-Do’ Trolley through Fayetteville and savor the powerful poetry from Nick Courmon. Alcohol will be available for purchase, and you’ll be able to bring your drink on the trolley.”

National Poetry Month, founded in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, is intended to celebrate the lyrical expression of experience by honoring the presence of poetry and poets in our everyday lives.
Cool Spring Downtown District wants to bring that effort to Fayetteville and introduce poetry to those unfamiliar with the art form and its established presence in the city.

“We would like for those who participate in the Poetry in Motion event to get plugged into the poetry scene in Fayetteville and are also encouraged to join in on the fun events Cool Spring Downtown District hosts,” Falls said.

In addition to Poetry in Motion, Cool Spring Downtown’s Fourth Friday Fayetteville will also be in full swing from 6 to 9 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public every fourth Friday from March to October. On these evenings, Downtown Fayetteville plays host to live performers, musicians, artists, makers, food trucks and vendors along Hay and Person Streets.

“Our mission for Cool Spring Downtown District is to continue building the arts and entertainment in downtown Fayetteville. We strive to program inclusive events that cater to a broader arts community in downtown Fayetteville,” Falls said.

Tickets to the Poetry in Motion trolley are $25 and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/poetry-in-motion-tickets-304081896137.

The “Can-Do” trolley leaves from Bright Light Brewing Company, located at 444 West Russel St.

For information about Nick Courmon and his poetry, visit www.ndcpoetry.com/.


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