Fall for Literacy Luncheon 2019

Jacki Shelton Green Entrances Luncheon Attendees

Thanks to ALL of you for helping to make the Fall for Literacy Luncheon on October 12, 2019 such a success!  More than $16,000 was raised for tutoring services for adults in Chatham County.  Services that will help individuals become U.S. citizens, obtain jobs, secure job promotions, learn English, earn a GED, become engaged in their children’s education and become independent and confident.

98 community members were moved by Jaki Shelton Green’s phenomenal storytelling.  I do not think anyone wanted Jaki to stop.  She took attendees on an incredible journey, she inspired us, and she charged us to create our own stories.  

Jaki’s presentation is one that will stay with me and one that will influence me to take action.  Please click on the link at the end of this post, to hear Jaki’s presentation.

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Thank you Jaki for the generosity of your time. Thanks to all who attended. Thanks to our sponsors for supporting the event and tutoring services for adults in Chatham County.

The Pre-Luncheon Article for This Event

Jaki Shelton Green

Dynamic speaker, truth bearing poet, and advocate helping others through the written word, North Carolina’s new Poet Laureate Jacki Shelton Green will display her considerable talents at Chatham Literacy Council’s fall fundraiser.

On Saturday, October 12th Green headlines Chatham Literacy Council’s Fall for Literacy luncheon at the Western Chatham Senior Center in Siler City from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm where she will speak to, “Celebrating the Power of Our Stories.”  Tickets are $60 per person to benefit Chatham Literacy. Ordering information is at the bottom of this page.

Green was appointed the 2019 North Carolina Poet Laureate by Governor Roy Cooper. This makes Green the first African American and third woman to serve at the state’s Poet Laureate. “Jaki encourages us to open our minds to the importance of telling stories from the heart and from personal experience,” said Governor Cooper. Cooper lauded her ability to document unique regional histories and events in her poetry throughout communities statewide.

Lecturer and community arts advocate, Green has also used her poetry to provide comfort to marginalized citizens by facilitating workshops for the homeless, the incarcerated, the mentally and physically ill, for immigrants and domestic violence victims, and for numerous schools.

Active in the state’s literary and teaching community over 40 years, Green teaches Documentary Poetry at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies.  She has written eight books of poetry, was inducted into the NC Literary Hall of Fame in 2014, and received the North Carolina Award for Literature in 2003.

She is the owner of SistaWRITE and co-partner with Dream Yourself Awake and Vertikal Creative Ventures providing writing retreats and travel excursions for women writers in Sedona Arizona, Ocracoke North Carolina, Agadir Morocco, and Tullamore Ireland.

Known for her decisive writing style, Green’s works have been choreographed by many dance group.


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