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State’s Poet Laureate Coming this Weekend
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Poet imageNorth Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson of Benson will be in Columbus County for two programs this weekend.

Stephenson, described as the state’s ambassador for poetry and literature even before his appointment as poet laureate, will kick off the Reuben Brown House Preservation Society’s fall season. He will present a program at the Columbus County Arts Center Sunday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m., followed by a picnic supper. The public is invited.

He will give a program for the Lake Waccamaw Book Club Monday at 11 a.m. at Lake Waccamaw Town Hall.

A UNC Chapel Hill graduate, Stephenson earned a master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. He chaired the English department at Campbell College for several years and was a professor and editor of Pembroke magazine at UNC Pembroke for 30 years. His latest book, "Fiddledeedee,” was published earlier this year. An earlier book, "Plankhouse,” is about the small house he lived in with three older siblings and his parents until he was 14. That house is now a family museum, with photos dating back a century or more. He now lives in the "new house” that was built on the family farm in 1952.

Stephenson has written several books, including "Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl,” which won the 2008 Bellday Poetry Prize, and "Possum,” the 2002 winner of the Bright Hill Press Poetry Chapbook Competition.

Article and Images Courtesy of and as Published September 21, 2015 in The News Reporter www.Whiteville.com

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