Fall for Literacy Luncheon 2019

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.

Chatham Literacy’s mission is to help adults living or working in Chatham County to acquire the literacy and educational skills to function successfully.

Create your own story in the mountains

At the luncheon you can also purchase a $50 raffle ticket for a relaxing week-long trip to the mountains. You will stay in a mountaintop log cabin in Lake Lure, near Chimney Rock, NC, in a safe, private and secluded community with spectacular mountain views. The cabin has two private queen bedrooms each with bath, one sleeping loft with a double bed and a single day bed. Plus an outdoor spa. Scheduling would be November 2019 – April 2020, excluding holiday weekends. Raffle tickets can also be purchased online. (This link will open in a new browser tab. Don’t forget to come back here for your luncheon tickets.)

To Purchase Luncheon Tickets

Tickets are $60 each. You can order them using any of these three methods:

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