North Carolina Names First Black Woman Poet Laureate


Poet Jaki Shelton Green is breaking barriers for Black women in the literary world. Green—a professor at Duke University—was recently named North Carolina’s ninth poet laureate; making her the first African American woman to receive the honor, the Charlotte Post reported.

Individuals who are named poet laureates are recognized for their poignant work and serve as literary representatives for the state; penning poems and speeches for a variety of different events, the news outlet writes. Over the course of her career, Green has authored eight poetry anthologies and edited two poetry books. She also took her writing talents to the realm of theater, writing a script for a play. Her powerful work has been recognized by the state in the past, garnering her awards that include the 2013…

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