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Fri, Nov 11


Charleston Library Society

CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS! Jaki Shelton Green with Jammie Huynh

Jaki Shelton Green, ninth Poet Laureate of North Carolina appointed in 2018, is the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate and reappointed in 2021 for a second term by Governor Roy Cooper. She is a 2019 Academy of American Poet Laureate Fellow.

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CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS! Jaki Shelton Green with Jammie Huynh
CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS! Jaki Shelton Green with Jammie Huynh

Time & Location

Nov 11, 2022, 7:00 PM

Charleston Library Society, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA


About the event

Continued bio for Jaki Shelton Green:

2014 NC Literary Hall of Fame Inductee, 2009 NC Piedmont Laureate appointment, 2003 recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature. Jaki Shelton Green teaches Documentary Poetry at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies and the 2021 Frank B. Hanes Writer in Residence at UNC Chapel Hill. Additionally, she received the George School Outstanding Alumni Award in 2021. Her publications include: Dead on Arrival, Masks, Dead on Arrival and New Poems, Conjure Blues, singing a tree into dance, breath of the song, published by Blair Publishers. Feeding the Light, i want to undie you published by Jacar Press, i want to undie you English /Italian bilingual edition published by Lebeg Publishers.  2020, she released her first poetry album, The River Speaks of Thirst and a CD, i want to undie you. 2022 Jaki Shelton Green appointed as the Poet Laureate in Residence at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Zoom link for the reading only:

Seminar Title: Poetry of Witness

Zoom link for the seminar only (observation -- not interactive).

Poetry of witness attempts to reveal humanity through the art of words. Poetry of witness allows for a limited understanding, and sometimes transcendence of human tragedy.

In a sense all poems are poems of witness: they record what it's like to be alive, record what has passed, what is passing. They bear witness to the imagination, the capacity for human invention; they witness our ability to wonder.

A poem of witness looks out from the self, towards the world, its social. political, and historical aspects. It witnesses other people's lives.

The opening reader for this event is Jammie Huynh:

Jammie Huynh is a second-year poetry MFA student at the College of Charleston and a senior editor at swamp pink literary magazine. Her debut poetry book, Out of Darkness, is the first inaugural winner of the Free Verse Poetry prize. When not writing, Jammie can be found serving up delicious lattes at Harken cafe or trying out several new hobbies. Her current hobbies include pole dancing and surfing!

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