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Who Will Be NC’s Next Poet Laureate?

North Carolina has had eight state poet laureates. The first, Arthur Talmadge Abernethy, served from 1948-1953. He was followed by James Larkin Pearson, who was literally “poet laureate for life,” serving from 1953 until his death, at 102, in 1981. Sam Ragan (1982-1996); Fred Chappell (1997-2002); Kathryn Stripling Byer (2005–2009); Cathy Smith Bowers (2010–2012); Joseph […]