Jaki Shelton Green

Jaki Shelton Green, 2009 Piedmont Laureate, has received a variety of awards and honors for her work, including the North Carolina Award for Literature (2003), Artist-in Residence at The Taller Portobelo Artist Colony (2006) in Panama, and the 2007 Sam Ragan Award.  Her poetry has appeared in publications such as The Crucible, The African-American Review, Obsidian, Poets for Peace, Ms. Magazine, Essence Magazine, KAKALAK, Callaloo, Cave Canem African American Writers Anthology, and The Pedestal Magazine.


Her publications (Carolina Wren Press) include Dead on Arrival, Dead on Arrival and New Poems, Masks, Conjure Blues, singing a tree into dance, Blue Opal (a play), and breath of the song (which was cited as one of the two Best Poetry Books of the Year by the Independent Week).  Ms. Green is a creativity coach and writing instructor who has conducted workshops and presented readings throughout the U.S, Europe, the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America.  Additionally, her poetry has been choreographed by groups such as African American Dance Ensemble, Two Near the Edge, and the ChoreoCollective.