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National Poetry Month at the SLNC with NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green


National Poetry Month at the SLNC with NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green 

On April 17, 2023, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, the SLNC Government and Heritage Library will host North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green for National Poetry Month.

Jaki Shelton Green will offer a poetry reading, share her journey to the poet laureateship, and her work with youth engagement.

Jaki Shelton Green is the ninth Poet Laureate of North Carolina, first appointed in 2018 and reappointed in 2021 for a second term by Governor Roy Cooper. She is the first African American and third woman to serve as North Carolina Poet Laureate. She was appointed as the first poet in residence of the North Carolina Museum of Art for 2022-2023.

Ms. Shelton Green teaches Documentary Poetry at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Her publications include MasksDead on Arrival and New PoemsConjure Blues, and many more. Juneteenth 2020, she released her first LP, poetry album, The River Speaks of Thirst, and released a CD, I Want to Undie You in 2021.

Program Details:

Attendance is first come, first served until seating capacity is reached.

This event will be live-streamed on the State Library of North Carolina's YouTube page.

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