Jaki Shelton Green announced next year’s Tag lecturer

The English department is pleased to announce Jaki Shelton Green as next year’s Tag lecturer. Ms. Green is an African American poet from Mebane, NC. She is a recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature (the North Carolina Awards, given by the governor, are the highest civilian honors given in the state), and in 2014 she was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. On their website, she is described as the “Billie Holiday of North Carolina poetry because, at any podium, she is a combination of ‘panache’ and ‘humility.’” Green is not only an award-winning poet; she has also earned a Master’s Degree in Community Economic Development. She has worked in diverse professional positions including Director of Development for Child Care Services Association and Community Economic Development Consul for North State Legal Services.

Ms. Green will give a public lecture/reading and meet with classes and with students. More details, including the dates of her visit, will be forthcoming.

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