Jaki Shelton Green, M.A.

Award-winning poet, author

Jaki Shelton Green, is a poet, lecturer, and frequently a consultant for cultural and educational groups. Green has received many accolades for her work, including 2016 Lenoir-Rhyne University Writer-in-Residence, 2014 NC Literary Hall of Fame, 2014 Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2010 Fine Arts Emerald Award (Raleigh LINKS), 2009 NC Piedmont Laureate, 2007 Sam Ragan Award for Contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina.

Green was the 2003 recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature and inducted into the North Caroliniana Society. Her poetry has appeared in such publications as “The Crucible,” “The African American Review,” “Obsidian,” “Poets for Peace,” “Immigration, Emigration and Diversity,” “Ms. Magazine,” “Essence Magazine” and “KAKALAK.” Her publications by Carolina Wren Press are Dead on Arrival and Masks in 1977, Dead on Arrival and New Poems in 1983, Conjure Blues in1996, singing a tree into dance in 2003, and breath of the song in 2005. Green is also the author of the 1994 “Blue Opal, a Play.” She was the 2006 writer in residence at the Taller Portobelo Artist Colony in historic Portobelo, Panama.

Green has taught poetry and facilitated creative writing classes extensively at public libraries, universities and community colleges, public/private schools, and literary organizations and she is the owner of SistaWRITE providing retreats and travel excursions for women writers. Her works in progress included new poetry manuscripts, short stories and a novel.

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