North Carolina

The current state poet laureate of North Carolina is Shelby Stephenson, who was appointed in 2015. Stephenson is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl (Bellday Books, 2008). He has received a North Carolina Award for Literature and was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2015. Stephenson served as professor of English at UNC-Pembroke from 1978 to 2010 and currently runs writing workships in assisted living communities.

upcoming events

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Nov 08 2018
Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series: Toi Derricotte
Toi Derricotte, author of The Undertaker's Daughter, Tender, and The Black Notebooks, will read from her work on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. at the Table Rock Room - 201B Plemmons Student Union, at the Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Before the reading will be a craft talk, "Write One Poem: Change Your Life," from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
263 Locust Street
Appalachian State University
28608 Boone, North Carolina

recent & featured listings

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Reading Series Slam Charlotte North Carolina
Writing Program Davidson College North Carolina
Writing Program Queens University of Charlotte North Carolina
Writing Program The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill North Carolina
Writing Program The University of North Carolina, Greensboro North Carolina
Writing Program The University of North Carolina, Wilmington North Carolina
Writing Program Warren Wilson College North Carolina
Landmark Carl Sandburg Home North Carolina
Landmark George Moses Horton’s hometown in Chatham County, NC North Carolina
Conference Writers' Week Symposium North Carolina


In the moon-fade and the sun’s puppy breath,
  in the crow’s plummeting cry,
in my broken foot and arthritic joints,
                                       memory calls me
to the earth’s opening, the graves dug, again, and again 
I, always I am left
                   to turn away
into a bat’s wing-brush of air
Fuss, fight, and cutting the huckley-buck—Dear Malindy, 
Underground, must I always return to the country of the dead,

To the coons catting about in the trees, the North Carolina pines 
Chattering about sweetening bodies in their green whirring?

Do these letters predict my death—


          for Carl & Lillian Sandburg’s Connemara, Flat Rock, NC


As a child I was taken
to visit Connemara
as I remember
a little display of concrete poems
in the shapes of shoes
next to a typewriter
on an orange crate
let me know
I was