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Orange Literacy proudly presents

2023 Writers for Readers:

Poetry in the Public Realm

Featuring Poet Laureates

Cortland Gilliam

Liza Wolff-Francis

in conversation with

North Carolina Poet Laureate

Jaki Shelton Green

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Hosted by Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, Thursday April 6, 2023, 6:30 pm.


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Jaki Shelton Green, ninth Poet Laureate of North Carolina is the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate. Green teaches Documentary Poetry at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies and was appointed the 2021 Frank B. Hanes Writer in Residence at UNC–Chapel Hill. She has been given numerous awards and honors and has published more than 8 books. 


Cortland Gilliam is a scholar, poet, educator, and budding visual storyteller. He is a doctoral candidate in Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his graduate research, Cortland studies the implications of school discipline and youth activism for greater conceptualizations of citizenship.

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Liza Wolff-Francis is an award-winning poet and writer whose work has been featured in publications and exhibits across the country. Wolff-Francis' poetry touches both on climate change and the ongoing crisis at the Mexico-U.S. border, which she had lived in proximity to for many years prior to her move to North Carolina.

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