Jaki Shelton Green

September 27, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at Asheville Masonic Temple

part of a series on Muse


About the speaker

Jaki Shelton Green is the ninth Poet Laureate of North Carolina, the third woman and the first African American to be appointed. She was recently awarded the Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship. In 2014, she was inducted into the NC Literary Hall of Fame and awarded the NC Award in Literature in 2014. She is the author of eight collections of poetry. Jaki Shelton Green teaches documentary poetry at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies. (Photo by Sylvia Freeman)

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Ancestral Whispers of the Muse

It is the story of my grandmother’s grandmother that has hoisted my riding skirts so I might fly beyond rivers where blood is born. My Muse lives there in all the rivers that bathed a generation of women who anointed me “writer.” My Muse has never been confused about her role as connector to an ancestral wellspring that feeds me all the language, color, musicality, and power that my pens need for the telling inside this dance with pens that stitch and restitch stories that need birthing.