Building community one poem at a time.
Wherever poet Jaki Shelton Green travels, teaches, and shares her work, she brings the belief that poetry creates a connection between people that is powerful enough to change the world. Shelton Green was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2014 for a lifetime of writing and publishing award-winning poetry and for being a literary citizen in service as a community arts advocate.
She invites teens to share their powerful voices during a free poetry workshop on Saturday, March 25, 2017, 1-3 p.m., at the Burton Street Community Street Center. A reading for the community by Shelton Green and local youth poets will follow at 3:30 p.m. with a short reception immediately after.
“What Jaki’s crazy long resume of awards and publications doesn’t get across is Jaki’s warmth, energy and insightfulness as an educator,” says Janet Hurley, with sponsor Word on the Street, an online magazine for youth, a program of Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community. “She can create a space for everyone’s voice and creativity—and be fun and inspiring at the same time.”
In addition to her many awards and journal publications, Shelton Green has published seven collections of poetry and a play: Dead on Arrival and New Poems, Masks, Conjure Blues, singing a tree into dance, breath of the song, Blue Opal, a play via Carolina Wren Press, and Feeding the Light from Jacar Press. She is co-editor of two anthologies: Poets for Peace, Immigration Emigration and Diversity published by Chapel Hill Press, Inc. and serves as editor for the Jacar Press New Voices Series. Many of Shelton Green’s poems have been choreographed by such dance troupes as The Chuck Davis African-American Dance Company at the Kennedy Center and The Miami City Ballet.
The Write For Your Life workshop is free but space is limited. Teens are encouraged to register by texting 828-215-9002 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.