NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green


NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green

The Department of English, ZSR Library, the A.E. Finley Foundation, and Dr. Edwin G. and Emily Wilson present a poetry reading and book signing with Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina's Poet Laureate.


Events on Thursday, Sept. 29:


Interactive Dialogue with WFU Students

2:30-3:30, ZSR Auditorium (Room 404)

All students welcome! No registration required.


Poetry Reading and Signing

6:00 p.m., Porter Byrum Welcome Center

Please register here in advance.


Jaki Shelton Green is North Carolina’s current Poet Laureate. She is the first African American and third woman to serve as the state’s ambassador for poetry and the spoken word. She is the North Carolina Museum of Art’s 2022 Poet in Residence, a 2019 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow, a 2014 NC Literary Hall of Fame Inductee, the 2009 NC Piedmont Laureate, and the 2003 recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature. She teaches Documentary Poetry at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and was appointed the Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence at UNC Chapel Hill in 2021.

Shelton Green’s publications include Dead on Arrival, Masks, Dead on Arrival and New Poems, Conjure Blues, singing a tree into dance, and breath of the song, published by Blair. Two more publications, Feeding the Light and i want to undie you, are published by Jacar Press. In 2020, she released her first poetry album, The River Speaks of Thirst, and a CD, i want to undie you.

You can learn more about our Poet Laureate and her work on her website,

Thursday, September 29 at 6:00pm

Porter Byrum Welcome Center, Kulynych Auditorium
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Event Type

Arts & Entertainment, Speakers, Next Week at Wake


Academics, English

Target Audience

Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Parents/Guests, Staff, Students, Prospective Students



Free and open to the public

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