Jaki Shelton Green with Mary Ellen Lough

Jaki Shelton Green is the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate. When he appointed her in 2018, Governor Copper stated that "Jaki Shelton Green brings a deep appreciation of our state's diverse communities to her role as an ambassador of North Carolina literature. Jaki's appointment is a wonderful new chapter in North Carolina's rich literary history."

Her collegiate and professional experiences include currently teaching Documentary Poetry at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies, Visiting Professor for the Carlow University MFA Program, Lenoir-Rhyne University Writer-in-Residence, Duke University Teaching for Equity Fellow, Taller Portobelo Artist Colony in Portobelo Panama, University of Panama, Department of Cultural Resources for Brazil, North Carolina Turkish Association, Alhambra Cultural Center in Marrakech Morocco, NC Symphony,  NC African America Cultural Heritage Commission.

She is the owner of SistaWRITE and co-partner with Dream Yourself Awake and Vertikal Creative Ventures providing writing retreats and travel excursions for women writers in Sedona Arizona, Ocracoke North Carolina, Agadir Morocco, and Tullamore Ireland.

She will be joined by Poet Mary Ellen Lough. Mary Ellen Lough is a poet and teaching artist working under the Asheville Area Arts Council with women and veterans with trauma. She has trained with and written for The Institute for Poetic Medicine and is also a mother, forager, wildcrafter, and herb grower living with her five children in an old farmhouse in southern Appalachia. 

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Feeding the Light- by Jaki Shelton Green Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989795234
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Published: Jacar Press - September 1st, 2014

Breath of the Song: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780932112491
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Published: Carolina Wren Press - July 30th, 2005

Conjure Blues: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780932112378
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Published: Carolina Wren Press - June 1st, 1996

Dead on Arrival: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780932112385
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Published: Carolina Wren Press - January 1st, 1983