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Meziah Smith on stage reciting a poem


Meziah Smith is a sophomore at Knightdale High School, in Wake County. She is a student, a reciter, and a poet, and will represent North Carolina in the national Poetry Out Loud semifinals. We asked North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green to pose some questions for Meziah to answer, so you can get to know this student ahead of her trip to the Poetry Out Loud semifinals.

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Jaki Shelton Green

In honor of Poetry Month, North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green offers words of encouragement and hope to our state's young poets.

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Sydney Steen

In 2020, the North Carolina Arts Council created several statewide initiatives to support the arts sector during the pandemic. The Artist Support Grant program is one of them. The program—which is designed to support individual artists across the state—will continue in 2021. Sydney Steen, the creative economies coordinator for the agency, answers several questions about the Artist Support Grant program. 

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North Carolina Arts Council

The latest edition of our monthly newsletter is out now.

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Sandra Davidson

Based in Durham, The Beautiful Project is an arts collective on a mission to empower Black women and girls to use the tools of photography, writing, and community to tell authentic stories that will revolutionize the way the world sees Black women and girls.



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