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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Upcoming Public Events

Friday, October 13, 2017
Cleveland High School Hall of Fame alumni at Homecoming football game, 6:30 PM
Cleveland High School Football Stadium
Clayton, NC


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