April is Poetry Month: Celebrate with Literary Festivals, Readings & Workshops

Raleigh, N.C. (March 25, 2019) — April is national poetry month and North Carolina’s Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green has free readings scheduled across the state as well as an appearance with U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith.

Additionally, Green will release a playlist to celebrate the written word on Come Hear NC in a nod to the statewide celebration of music during 2019.

Poetry month kicks off April 1 in West Jefferson when Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate of the United States, speaks at the Ashe County Civic Center. The program, which includes an introduction by First Lady Kristen Cooper, is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, the Ashe County Arts Council and Public Library. The event is free and is part of the On the Same Page Festival.

Below is a list of Green’s free readings during the month of April. Find a list of all of Green’s appearances on the poet laureate calendar.

Tuesday, April 2 
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 
National Poetry Month Kick off Speaker
11 a.m.
Sunday, April 7
2:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 11
6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 
Asheville WordFest, YMI Cultural Center
8 p.m.
Thursday, April 18
Forsyth Central Library, Winston-Salem 
11:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 20
11 a.m.
Sunday, April 28
3 p.m.

For more information on Green and the poet laureate program visit https://www.ncarts.org/resources/jaki-shelton-green-new-poet-laureate.

For other resources on poetry and writing visit the North Carolina Writers Network.


About the North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s long-standing love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education. NCArts.org.