library welcomes poet laureate Jaki Shelton Green | Literature


GREENSBORO, NC (June 24, 2021) – The Greensboro Public Library will welcome North Carolina poet laureate Jaki Shelton Green as a featured guest of the first Saturday Lounges at Benjamin, an online event open to adults and teens at 10 am, Saturday July 3. Jaki Shelton Green will offer a poetry reading, lead a discussion on poetics and respond to the writings shared by participants.

“Saturday Salons at Benjamin is a new monthly series that brings our community together around the joy and creativity of poetry,” said Court Duvall, director of Benjamin Branch. “We have become a local hub for poetry dating and events in recent years, so we are delighted to welcome a renowned poet and teacher to our first event in this new series.”

Jaki Shelton Green is the first African-American woman and the third woman to be named the North Carolina Poet Laureate. She is a 2019 Laureate of the Academy of American Poets, 2014 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee, 2009 NC Piedmont Award recipient, and 2003 North Carolina Award for Literature recipient.

Green teaches documentary poetry at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies and was named the 2021 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence at UNC Chapel Hill. His publications include: Deaths on Arrival, Masks, Deaths on Arrival and New Poems, Conjure Blues and much more. She is the owner of SistaWRITE, an organization offering writing retreats for writers around the world.

Open to adults and teens, participants can pre-register for this website. For more information on Library events and resources, visit:


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