ON FEB 2, 2015, poet Shelby Dean Stephenson, born June 14, 1938, was honored and inducted as North Carolina's new Poet Laureate by Governor Pat McCrory at the NC State Capitol Building in Raleigh with a huge crowd looking on.
Former Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti said "Stephenson was born to be NC Poet Laureate. He truly is the voice of North Carolina."
"There could be no one more representative of North Carolina , no one more open hearted or more lyrical than Shelby Stephenson" said UNC Chapel Hill Professor and poet Paul Jones. "Who else could charm both governors and poets alike?"