Jaki Shelton Green

Literary NC: Muse and Memory

Jaki Shelton Green
Jaki Shelton Green, NC’s Poet Laureate

A panel of authors and literary experts will discuss North Carolina as a popular setting and literary inspiration, and explore why our state is such a fertile resource for authors.


Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, an enrolled citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Clapsaddle’s debut novel, Even As We Breathe, a finalist for the Weatherford Award, was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2020.

Jacqueline DeGroot, whose fiction draws inspiration from NC’s Brunswick Islands. DeGroot spends time keeping the memory of Sunset Beach’s iconic Kindred Spirit mailbox alive through her books and assisting to preserve its notebooks (archived at UNCW’s Randall Library).

Jaki Shelton Green, the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate.

Terry L. Kennedy, the author of the poetry collection, New River Breakdown, Director of the MFA Writing Program at UNC Greensboro, and editor of The Greensboro Review.

Literary NC: Muse and Memory takes place Thursday, August 19, 2021 beginning at 12 noon via Zoom. RSVPs are required. To register, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/10-for-nc-literary-nc-tickets-165419864267.

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