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FORMER LR VISITING WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE NAMED NC POET LAUREATE

Jaki Shelton Green has been named as North Carolina’s ninth poet laureate. The poet, teacher, and community arts advocate served as a Visiting Writer-in-Residence at LR during the spring 2016 semester. Green is the first African-American and the third woman to serve as North Carolina’s poet laureate. 

During her time at LR, Green taught a creative writing workshop in poetry course to 12 students, including Brittany Badertscher, who graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and a minor in English. “I was completely enthralled with Jaki’s class and feel fortunate to have gained knowledge from her while I was a student at Lenoir-Rhyne,” Badertscher said. “Jaki's work, her dedication to teaching and learning, and her vivacious personality sparked a passion for writing in me which inspired me to join a local writing group.” 

LR’s Visiting Writer-in-Residence program is sponsored through LR’s Visiting Writers Series. Like Green, several other LR Visiting Writers-in-Residence have gone on to outstanding careers after teaching at LR. These include Ron Rash, who received the 

O’ Henry prize in 2005 and 2010; Billy Collins, who served as United States Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003; and Jennifer Horne, who was named Alabama Poet Laureate in 2017. Each year, the Visiting Writer-in-Residence also presents as part of the VWS, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. 

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FORMER LR VISITING WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE NAMED NC POET LAUREATE
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Jaki Shelton Green has been named as North Carolina’s ninth poet laureate. The poet, teacher, and community arts advocate served as a Visiting Writer-in-Residence at LR during the spring 2016 semester. Green is the first African-American and the third woman to serve as North Carolina’s poet laureate. 

During her time at LR, Green taught a creative writing workshop in poetry course to 12 students, including Brittany Badertscher, who graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and a minor in English. “I was completely enthralled with Jaki’s class and feel fortunate to have gained knowledge from her while I was a student at Lenoir-Rhyne,” Badertscher said. “Jaki's work, her dedication to teaching and learning, and her vivacious personality sparked a passion for writing in me which inspired me to join a local writing group.” 

LR’s Visiting Writer-in-Residence program is sponsored through LR’s Visiting Writers Series. Like Green, several other LR Visiting Writers-in-Residence have gone on to outstanding careers after teaching at LR. These include Ron Rash, who received the 

O’ Henry prize in 2005 and 2010; Billy Collins, who served as United States Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003; and Jennifer Horne, who was named Alabama Poet Laureate in 2017. Each year, the Visiting Writer-in-Residence also presents as part of the VWS, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. 

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