Jaki Shelton Green

Jaki Shelton GreenThe prodigious list of awards and honors held by North Carolina native Jaki Shelton Green includes induction into the state’s Literary Hall of Fame in 2014, selection as the inaugural Piedmont Laureate in 2009, a 2007 Sam Ragan Award for Contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina, and a 2003 North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor for significant contributions to the state and nation in fine art, literature, public service, and science. Her publications include Dead on Arrival, Dead on Arrival and New Poems, Masks, Conjure Blues, singing a tree into dance, breath of the song, Blue Opal (a play), and Feeding the Light.

Jaki has performed her poetry and taught workshops extensively throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Central and South America. Her poetry has been choreographed by the Chuck Davis African Dance Ensemble, in conjunction with the Kennedy Center and the Nasher Museum at Duke University; Two Near the Edge Dance Company; ChoreoCollective; Danca Nova Dance Company, in conjunction with the Colorado Naropa Dance Institute; and Miami City Ballet.

Participation at the 2017 West End Poetry Festival

  • Reading | Saturday, October 21 | 12 noon to 1 pm | Century Center
  • Workshop | Saturday, October 21 | 1:15 to 2:15 pm | Century Center
  • For a full schedule and descriptions of all sessions, see the festival schedule.