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United Arts Council

Piedmont Laureate


The Piedmont Laureate program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing, enriching the lives of all our citizens. It is co-sponsored by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, the Durham Arts Council and the Orange County Arts Commission. The program's primary goal is to "promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts in the Piedmont region.” 

The Piedmont Laureate, appointed for one year and from a different literary genre each year, offers the following activities in Durham, Orange and Wake counties:

  • Readings at designated public sites (libraries, arts centers, schools, universities, and other community gathering places).

  • Encourages creative writing for all age groups by offering workshops or other types of outreach. 

  • Promotes literature at select public events.

  • Brings attention to literature in less traditional settings.


Nancy Peacock, 2018 Piedmont Laureate

Nancy Peacock

Nancy Peacock has been writing since fourth grade. She is largely self-taught and well-mentored. She is the author of the novels Life Without Water (chosen as a New York Times Notable Book), Home Across the Road, and The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson, as well as the memoir and “writing-in- the-real- world” guide A Broom of One’s Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning and Life.
Nancy runs a popular set of writing workshops and retreats in Hillsborough. Her free Prompt Writing Class has been active since 2003, and continues to grow steadily. “Telling stories and reading stories changes you,” says Ms. Peacock. “Both allow one human being to reach more deeply into the experiences of another. Both involve our two greatest gifts: the tools of empathy and imagination.”

For more information, go to www.piedmontlaureate.org.


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Raleigh NC 27603

Phone: (919) 839-1498
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