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Author: North Carolina Arts Council

Header photo credit: Walter Magazine

Let’s catch up with a few of the N.C. writers making a splash on the literary scene this summer and continuing our state’s rich literary tradition: Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green, spoken word artist Dasan Ahanu, award-winning writers lifting the veil on disability experiences, and some page-turner summer reads.

  • N.C. Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green graces the cover of Behold Magazine’s June issue. Inside is a feature story about our “laureate of global influence”. 
  • Jaki’s poem “Wishing” is also featured in the June issue of Walter Magazine
  • Durham-based scholar and poet Dasan Ahanu will serve a year-long residency at N.C. State as part of a community engagement project funded by South Arts. Dasan served as the North Carolina Piedmont Poet Laureate in 2023. 
  • The July issue of the North Carolina Literary Review will feature North Carolina Disability Literature. “We are especially proud that the issue features the work of many artists and writers with disabilities and that it highlights disability experience,” said Casey Kayser, guest editor. 


Mixed media collage art by Max Herbert. Photo from NC Literary Review
Mixed-media collage by Max Herbert. Photo from North Carolina Literary Review.


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Save Our Sand Dunes, a new  children's book by Hannah Bunn West with Ann-Cabell Baum. Photo from DNCR.

Looking to add to your summer reading list? 

  • Check out recent publications by members of the North Carolina Writers’ Network
  • Southpark Magazine has you covered with new releases from Charlotte-based authors
  • A new children’s book from the N.C. Office of Archives and History tells the story of how three children transformed the future of our coastal environment, by saving Jockey’s Ridge 

The State Library of North Carolina can help you find your local public library branch to catch up with books by N.C. writers past and present. 

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