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North Carolina author featured in program at BCC

Source Date: April 3, 2013

One of North Carolina's best known poets, Jaki Shelton Green, will be the guest presenter at a Bladen Community College program on Wednesday, April 3, at 11 a.m. in the Library. The program is another in the Writers Series presentations sponsored by the college's humanities department.

elected as the first NC Piedmont Laureate in 2009, Green has earned recognition throughout the United States, and around the world. In 2003 she received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest honor the state can bestow for literary achievement. She is also the 2007 recipient of the Sam Ragan Award for her contributions to The Fine Arts of North Carolina and a finalist nominee for the 2010 and 2012 North Carolina Poet Laureate. These honors led to her induction and membership into the prestigious North Carolinian Society.

Her publications include Dead on Arrival, Dead on Arrival and New Poems, Masks, Conjure Blues, Singing a Tree into Dance, Breath of the Song, and the play, Blue Opal. In 2005, Breath of the Song, was cited as one of two Best Poetry Books of The Year by the Independent Weekly. Green has performed her poetry and taught workshops throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America.

Her poetry has been choreographed by the Chuck Davis African Dance Ensemble in conjunction with the Kennedy Center and the Nasher Museum at Duke University, Two Near the Edge Dance Company, ChoreoCollective, Danca Nova Dance Company in conjunction with the Colorado Naropa Dance Institute and Miami City Ballet.

A graduate of the University of Maryland's Development Training Institute with a Master's Degree in Community Economic Development, Green teaches creative writing to marginalized populations including the homeless, the newly literate, the incarcerated, and the writer-as-survivor.

This program is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and by Bladen Community College.