For the month of April, the Jackson County Library is hosting events as part of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poetry Series. The series was created as a result of past N.C. Poet Laureate, Fred Chappell, who encouraged the N.C. Poetry Society in 2003 to create such a program to foster the reading, writing, and enjoyment of poetry across the state. Join current Distinguished Poet for the western part of North Carolina, Brent Martin, with three of his student poets to hear them and other guest poets present their current work. Student poet Tyler Auffhammer will conduct readings on April 23 and April 30. The April 23 and 30 readings will be with student poets, Alison Howe, and Mary Christensen, respectively.