Jaki Shelton Green to Receive North Carolina Humanities Council’s Highest Honor

Public award ceremony held in Durham, October 2019

CHARLOTTE, NC (May 23, 2019) – The North Carolina Humanities Council’s Board of Trustees has selected Jaki Shelton Green as the recipient of the 2019 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the Council’s most prestigious honor. A public award ceremony and reception will be held in Durham, October 2019. Event details will be announced in early summer. The event will be open to public.

The Caldwell Award will recognize Green for her lifelong achievements as a teacher, humanities advocate and ambassador for poetry and the spoken word in North Carolina.

As a nationally recognized writer and poet, Green has been involved with the literary community in North Carolina for over 40 years. In 2018, Green became the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate. She is the author of several literary works and eight collections of poetry, which include Dead on Arrival, Feeding the Light and I Want to Undie You. Green currently teaches Documentary Poetry at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies and is a frequent lecturer and facilitator across the state.

A native North Carolinian, Green received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest civilian honor given by the Governor of North Carolina, in 2003 and was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2014. In April 2019, she was named Laureate Fellow by the Academy of American Poets.

A longtime friend of the North Carolina Humanities Council, Green is a former Board Trustee and currently participates in the Council's Road Scholars program, providing scholarly presentations in the humanities to engage community groups.

For John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities 2019 sponsorship inquiries, please contact the North Carolina Humanities Council at (704) 687-1520 or mmoore@nchumanities.org.


About the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities

The John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities honors distinguished individuals who have strengthen the educational, cultural, and civic life of North Carolinians through their life’s work. Inaugurated in 1990, the award is named for the late Dr. John Tyler Caldwell, former chancellor of North Carolina State University and founding member of the North Carolina Humanities Council. Past Caldwell Laureates include Marsha White Warren (2009), Congressman David Price (2011), Betty Ray McCain (2012), Harvey Gantt (2015), Bland Simpson (2017), and Margaret D. Bauer (2018).

About the North Carolina Humanities Council

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through grant-making and public humanities programs, the Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about our shared human experience. The Council operates the North Carolina Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To learn more visit www.nchumanities.org  

Press Contact: Melanie Moore | North Carolina Humanities Council | (704) 687-1520 | mmoore@nchumanites.org