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Jaki Shelton-Green interview

Jaki Shelton-GreenOn Saturday, March 19, 2016, Pamlico Writers will host their 4th Annual Writers Conference at The Turnage Theatre, in Washington, NC.

This years conference is offering nine (9) workshops ( with three in each timeframe). Over the next few weeks leading up to the conference, I’ll be presenting short interviews with each of our presenters.

Now I’d like to introduce the very accomplished Jaki Shelton-Green, a 2016 Lenoir-Rhyne University Writer-in-Residence, 2014 NC Literary Hall of Fame, 2014 Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2010 Fine Arts Emerald Aware (Raleigh LINKS), 2009 NC Piedmont Laureate, 2007 Sam Ragan Award for Contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina.

Jaki Shelton-Green - 2Ms. Shelton-Green is a lecturer, keynote speaker and consultant for numerous groups and her poetry has appeared in numerous publications. She has taught poetry and facilitated creative writing classes in various venues.

Her poetry has been widely choreographed by numerous dance companies including Danca Nova at Colorado Naropa Institute for the Arts, The Chuck Davis African-American Dance Company at the Kennedy Cente4r, Miami City Ballet, Two Near the Edge, and Choreo Dance.

She is the owner of SistaWRITE, providing retreats and travel excursions for women writers.

Ms. Shelton-Green’s workshop topic will be “Shhh… I Think She’s Reading a POEM”. This workshop will utilize poems to illustrate the understanding of the sacredness of breath… guiding the voice; directing the music and dance within and outside of the poem.

Now our interview with Jaki Shelton-Green:

  • What element of your work has given you the most reward? Why?

My biggest reward as a writer has been the opportunity to bear witness to the power of language in the “every dayness” and “ordinary” of our human experiences. For many years I have been blessed to work with the marginalized, disenfranchised, and often invisible voices of our communities. I’ve witnessed how writing amplifies the stories and the truths on paper. I know “up close and personal” how one poem, one verse at a time has the power to transform lives.

  • How can writing poetry help a prose writer create a better piece of work?

Poetry helps the prose writer because poetry has a much bolder and abstract way of using language. Poetry places heavy emphasis on the aesthetic properties of language: visual imagery and other intense sensory information; rhythmic structure of lines, phrases, words and what the words sound like when they’re being written are poetic devices that inform “the telling.” Along with description, atmosphere, mood, and tone… these are necessary prose components as well and all essential to immersing the reader in our stories.

  • Where does the inspiration come from to write your pieces?

As flippant as this may sound… living and bearing witness to EVERYTHING life brings inspires my writing. Bearing witness to the joys, hopes, celebrations, and beauty as well as bearing witness to the sorrows, sufferance, disappointments, ugliness, and atrocities of life inform and direct my pen. The natural world is a powerful Muse for me.

If you’d like to read more information about Jaki Shelton-Green please go to her blog site at: jakisheltongreen.blogspot.com .

For information about Pamlico Writers Conference go to our website at: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/2016-Conference-Details

Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pwconference2015/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

And even out Twitter page at: https://twitter.com/PamlicoWritersC

See you soon,

Kay Wilson

 

 

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About Pamlico Writers Group

This is a publication of the Pamlico Writers Group, created to help promote and advance writers skills along with expanding our groups membership and reach. Our aim on this site is to keep you our readers and participants aware of upcoming events. Topics covered during the year will be news regarding our annual Pamlico Writers Conference and Competition, co-sponsored with Arts of the Pamlico, discussion of and from our conferences, participants and group news. PWG's Steering Committee has finalized details for our 5th Annual Pamlico Writers Conference on March 17 & 18th, 2017 at The Turnage Theatre, 150 W. Main St., Washington, NC. This year's theme is "Words," Image and Story". Our Friday night keynote speaker this year will be Author, Teacher, Speaker, and Director of Lavenson Studios, Zelda Lockhart. For more information on Ms. Lockhart visit her website at: http://www.zeldalockhart.com/. For a complete schedule of Friday night and Saturday events, go to our website at: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/. Be sure to check back often for more details of this and other events we have planned. The companion juried writing competition submissions opened on January 1, 2017. Winners are announced and an awards ceremony will be held during our Friday night Kick-Off Event. If you'd like more information on guidelines for entries, please go to our website: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/ All registrations for both conference and/or entry into the competition will be made through our web site: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/. Again, see site for complete details. Thank you for visiting! We hope to see you again soon. **If you are a writer interested in finding a critique group or other writers, we encourage you to come and join us. If you life at a distance please don't let that diswade you, we have several members who participate predominately on-line. Our meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 pm here in Washington, NC at the Turnage Theatre. We would love to hear from you regarding comments or ideas you have for the group. This blog is authored by members of our writer's group. Thank you for stopping by. See you soon, Kaylene Wilson Program Coordinator

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