Robeson Community College

Associate in Arts Announcements

A Day of Poetry on July 17th

photo of Jaki Shelton GreenFor one day only, NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will both lead a poetry workshop and read her works at Robeson Community College. Both are free and open to the public.

Jaki Shelton Green is the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate. When he appointed her in 2018, Governor Copper stated that “Jaki Shelton Green brings a deep appreciation of our state’s diverse communities to her role as an ambassador of North Carolina literature. Jaki’s appointment is a wonderful new chapter in North Carolina’s rich literary history.”

The July 17th workshop, Building Community through Art and Writing, will focus on the stories we need to tell whether they are ones someone told us or the tales we may remember. The program description states that “these stories suggest ways in which communities have survived through art, music, stories, and crafts. The workshop will explore and celebrate the shapes, colors, and musicality of stories—often unspoken—that serve as symbols and myths for communities.” 

The workshop will be held from 9am until 11:30am in Building 14. Registration is required as space is limited to 25 participants. Individuals may register through the Book ‘Em website or by contacting C. Edmonds at or 910-272-3362. The workshop is being sponsored by the Robeson County Public Library, North Carolina Humanities Council, Robeson County Arts Council, Book ‘Em and Robeson Community College. This project is made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Later that day at 1pm, the public is welcome to attend a session in which Green will read her work and speak about poetry. The session is sponsored by the Robeson County Arts Council and Book ‘Em. The open session will be held in the Workforce Development Building, BB&T Room.

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Poetry Contest Winners Announced

For 2019 the English Department and Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference partnered to co-host a poetry contest and reading. The contest focused on the theme of “What’s on Your Mind?” Based on the winners, there is quite a bit. Entries were categorized into three groups: RCC students general population, Early College/Career and College Promise high school students, and faculty/staff.

Winners of the RCC student category are Zachary R. Lunn (first place), Lucille Revels (second place), and Robert L. Linebarger (third place). The winner of the Early College/Career and College Promise high school student category is Samirah R. Love. This category is sponsored by Book ‘Em North Carolina.


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