Jaki Shelton Green

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Jaki Shelton Green was inducted into the NC Literary Hall of Fame in 2014. She received the 2010 Fine Arts Emerald Award (Raleigh LINKS). 2009 Selected as the first NC Piedmont Laureate. 2007 Sam Ragan Award for contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina and Pushcart Nominee.

She is the 2003 recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature (the highest award the state can bestow for significant contributions in science, literature, fine arts, and public service) and inducted into the North Caroliniana Society.

Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications such as The Crucible, The African-American Review, Obsidian, Poets for Peace, Immigration Emigration and Diversity, Ms. Magazine, Essence Magazine, KAKALAK, Callaloo, Cave Canem African American Writers Anthology, The Pedestal Magazine, 27 Views of Hillsborough, Solo Press Anthology, The Sound of Poets Cooking Anthology, What Matters Anthology, Home is Where: An Anthology of African American Poetry from the Carolinas, When Women Waken (Women Writers, Women Books) NC Literary Trails of North Carolina, Corners of the Mouth: Anthology of the San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival.

Author (Carolina Wren Press) of Dead on Arrival, Dead on Arrival and New Poems, Masks, Conjure Blues, singing a tree into dance, breath of the song, and Blue Opal, a play. Her recent publication is Feeding the Light (Jacar Press). She is the co-editor of two anthologies: Poets for Peace, Immigration Emigration and Diversity published by Chapel Hill Press, Inc.

Jaki Shelton Green is lecturer, speaker, and consultant for NC Humanities Council Roads Scholar Program and the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teachers. As a creativity coach she facilitates workshops and trainings throughout the U.S, Europe, the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America. In 2006 she was awarded a residency at The Taller Portobelo Artist Colony in historic Portobelo, Panama.

2013 featured commentator for G.R.I.T.S. Anthology (Girls Raised in the South) and served as the final judge for the distinguished Lucille Clifton Poetry Award.

She is developer of a business that provides creative writing retreats for women. As community arts advocate, Jaki Shelton Green creates and facilitates programs that serve diverse audiences and populations: incarcerated, homeless, chronically and mentally ill, survivors, elderly, public and private schools, teachers, hospice care providers, substance abuse counselors, literacy programs, libraries, universities, humanities councils, community economic development, social justice nonprofits, and libraries.

Her poetry has been widely choreographed by numerous dance companies including Danca Nova (Naropa), The Chuck Davis African-American Dance Company (The Kennedy Center), Miami City Ballet.


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