North Carolina poet to conduct creative writing workshops at PCC

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North Carolina author, teacher, and public speaker Zelda Lockhart will conduct two creative writing workshops at Piedmont Community College this month. Lockhart was the 2010 Poet Laureate for the central Piedmont region of North Carolina and also is an award-winning novelist.

The creative writing workshops will be held Tuesday, March 11, on PCC’s Person County Campus from 11 a.m.-noon, in Building S., Room 100. She will facilitate a similar workshop on PCC’s Caswell County Campus on Tuesday, March 25, in Building K, Room 202-203, from 11 a.m.-noon.

Lockhart has published her poetry in Obsidian Journal, a publication of NC State University; Calyx, a Journal of Women’s Art and Literature; and the North Carolina Literary Review, among others. Her novels include Fifth Born, Cold Running Creek, and Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle. In addition to her NC Poet Laureate honor, Lockhart has been awarded a Barnes & Noble Discovery Award and was a finalist for both a Hurston/Wright Award and a Lambda Literary Award.

Lockhart lives in Hillsborough on three and half-acres that she recently converted into LaVenson Press Studios, where she offers a series of workshops, hosts a literary magazine, and feeds participants from her organic garden. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University and a Master’s degree in English from Old Dominion University. She also holds a certificate in writing, directing, and editing film from the New York Film Academy. Her website is:

The workshops for PCC students are being sponsored by PCC’s Learning Resources Centers and the PCC Student Government Association.