Governor McCrory Appoints Valerie Macon Poet Laureate

RALEIGH, NC July 14, 2014 –  Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Valerie Macon as the poet laureate of North Carolina. Macon will serve a two-year term and follows Joseph Bathanti in this role.

Valerie Macon - Poet Laureate of North Carolina

Valerie Macon
Poet Laureate of North Carolina

The North Carolina Arts Council is pleased that the Poet Laureate program is continuing with Governor Pat McCrory’s appointment of Valerie Macon. While past appointments included a selection committee, it is not required as part of the selection process. It is the Governor’s appointment and the prerogative of his office to select the state’s Poet Laureate. The North Carolina Arts Council is looking forward to working with Ms. Macon in her term.

The role of North Carolina’s poet laureate was first established in 1935. The poet laureate often chooses a long-term project or other program of special interest. Duties involve traveling across the state to engage writers and readers of all ages in schools and communities, communicating with the press and writing commemorative poems for historical or culturally important occasions.

“North Carolina, with a history of cultivating artistic and literary talent, eagerly anticipates Macon’s service,”Governor McCrory said. “I look forward to the unique perspective and style she will bring to the office.”

Macon has lived in North Carolina for more than 35 years. She holds degrees from Adelphi Business School in Mineola, New York and Meredith College in Raleigh. Macon now lives in Fuquay-Varina.

Her first book of poetry, Shelf Life, portrays the joys and the sorrows of life. Her second book is Sleeping Rough. Macon was the Gilbert Chapel Distinguished Poet for the Eastern Region in 2010-11, and her work has been widely anthologized.

To learn more about the Poet Laureate program visit

For more information contact or (919) 814-2100.


About the North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council works to make North Carolina The Creative State where a robust arts industry produces a creative economy, vibrant communities, children prepared for the 21st century and lives filled with discovery and learning. The Arts Council accomplishes this in partnership with artists and arts organizations, other organizations that use the arts to make their communities stronger and North Carolinians-young and old-who enjoy and participate in the arts. For more information visit


About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.


Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.  


NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit