North Carolina Poet Laureate

The North Carolina poet laureate advocates for the power of poetry and the written word to illuminate, educate, entertain and transform the minds and hearts of people of all ages and from all walks of life. The laureate acts as an ambassador for North Carolina literature and literacy, using the office as a platform from which to highlight not only his or her own work, but also the work of other writers in our state. Shelby Stephenson is the current North Carolina Poet Laureate.
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Invite the Poet Laureate to Your Event

Appearance Request Form

Upcoming Public Events

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Concord Friends of the Library Annual Meeting performance, 1:00 PM
Cabarrus County Public Library
27 Union Street North
Concord, NC 28025

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Reading and meet and greet, 12:00 PM
Wilkes County Public Library
215 10th Street
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Friday, April 21, 2017
Reading and signing, 12:00 PM
Watauga County Public Library
Evelyn Johnson Meeting Room
140 Queen Street
Boone NC 28607

Friday, April 21, 2017
Potluck Picnic and Pickin’ Party in the Park, 5:00 PM
Ashe County Public Library
148 Library Dr.
West Jefferson, NC 28694

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Poetry Workshop and Reading, 2:00 PM
Onslow County Public Library
58 Doris Avenue East
Jacksonville, NC, 910-937-1421

Read Samples of the Poet Laureate's Work

Poetry Samples & Bibliography

Learn About Past Poet Laureates

Past Poet Laureates Listing.