Poet Laureate Induction for Jaki Shelton Green Set for Monday, Feb. 18


Governor Roy Cooper will induct North Carolina’s ninth poet laureate, Jaki Shelton Green, at a ceremony in the North Carolina State Capitol beginning at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18.

Green is North Carolina’s first African American poet laureate and has been active in the state’s literary and teaching community for more than 40 years. She has penned eight books of poetry, co-edited two poetry anthologies and written one play. She is a 2014 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee and was the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature in 2003.

Media representatives can set up in the House Chamber starting at 3:15 p.m.

WHAT:   North Carolina Poet Laureate Induction Ceremony

WHEN:   Monday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m. 

WHERE: North Carolina State Capitol

1 East Edenton St., Raleigh

WHO:  Governor Roy Cooper

Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Wayne Martin, Executive Director, N.C. Arts Counci

Jaki Shelton Green, Poet Laureate

Shelby Stephenson, previous Poet Laureate                 

The ceremony will include readings by both Stephenson and Green.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Rebecca Moore at 919-814-6530 or 919-618-3549.

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