McCrory appoints new poet laureate for NC

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Submitted: Fri, 07/11/2014 - 7:27pm
Updated: Fri, 07/11/2014 - 7:38pm

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed a new poet laureate for North Carolina.

The governor’s office announced Friday that Valeria Macon will be the state’s new poet laureate. She succeeds Joseph Bathanti in the 2-year position.

Macon has lived in the state 35 years and has published several books of poetry, including Shelf Life, portrays the joys and the sorrows of life.

She now lives in Fuquay-Varina.

In her new role, Macon will likely work on a long-term project and travel across the state to speak about poetry and work with writers.

The title of North Carolina’s poet laureate was first established in 1935 and calls for poet laureates to have deep connections to the culture of the state and with a history of literary excellence.

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  • Guest2020 says:

    I wonder how much this does cost the taxpayer. Talk about wasteful spending.

  • Timekeeper says:

    This is the type of total BS that enrages taxpayers. Why should we have to fund this crap? Who wants to hear it? Who wants to pay for it? Government totally out of control. If somebody is actually interested, there are plenty of offbeat cafes down alleys that probably still have “readings”. You might even score some wine or 420 if you find one.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    your local legislator?

    He or she can probably answer a constituent’s question better than anyone who reads these posts.

  • Guest000000 says:

    Very interesting how people want to call this a waste of tax dollars, but when the State of NC and local media outlets demand an accounting of our tax dollars at a local charter school it’s considered a witch hunt.

  • Guest2020 says:

    I’m not involved in such a witch hunt. I believe that any organization that receives public funds, should be transparent with their their accounting of our tax dollars.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    she resigned from the post on Thursday morning.

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