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Sally Buckner Receives The Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Shelby Stephenson and Sally Buckner

Shelby Stephenson and Sally Buckner

This Thursday, August 11, Sally Buckner will be honored with The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

Among the most prestigious awards conferred by the Governor of North Carolina is The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. It is awarded to persons for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities that is above and beyond the call of duty and which has made a significant impact and strengthened North Carolina.

In her long career, Sally Bucker taught at every level from kindergarten through graduate school, and retired after twenty-eight years on the faculty at Peace College. A former journalist, she published poetry, plays, nonfiction, and short stories in many journals and anthologies. In 1991, she was the editor of Our Words, Our Ways, an anthology of literature designed to accompany eighth-grade studies of state history. Her first collection of poems, Strawberry Harvest, was published by St. Andrews Press in 1996. In 1999, she was the editor of Word and Witness: 100 Years of NC Poetry, published under the auspices of the NC Poetry Society by Carolina Academic Press.

Other recipients of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine include poet Anthony S. Abbott (1992), NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Kathryn Stripling Byer (2010), and author, journalist, and public relations leader Joe Epley (2004). For a complete list of recipients, click here.

The ceremony takes place on Thursday, August 11, at 4:00 pm at the Glenaire Retirement Community auditorium, 4000 Glenaire Circle, in Cary. This event is free and open to the public.

Buckner will be honored by NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee and current NC poet laureate Shelby Stephenson. NC playwright June Guralnick and the NC Arts Council’s Literature and Theater Director David Potorti will make remarks.

For more information, contact David Potorti at 919-807-6512.