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United Arts Council

Piedmont Laureate

Introducing the 2020 Piedmont Laureate Tamara Kissane!

Tamara Kissane is a Durham-based dramatist and audio fiction writer. During 2020, Tamara will appear at workshops, reading programs and speaking engagements throughout Wake, Durham and Orange counties. These events will focus primarily on playwrights and playwriting and will be held in libraries, bookstores, and other community venues.


"I hope the 2020 Piedmont Laureate programming deepens the appreciation of the emerging and established playwrights in our community, as well as offering inspiration and encouragement to new writers." ~Tamara Kissane

For more information about Tamara Kissane and her new role as Piedmont Laureate, go to https://piedmontlaureate.org/2020-laureate-tamara-kissane/


Description of Piedmont Laureate Program

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.


PO Box 26388
Raleigh, NC 27611

Phone: (919) 839-1498
Fax: (919) 839-6002