Uproar: Self-published poet laureate in NC resigns

July 18, 2014 • Entertainment

This photo provided by the Department of Cultural Resources shows Valerie Macon, North Carolina’s new state poet laureate. Gov. Pat McCrory named Valerie Macon of Fuquay-Varina to a two-year term as North Carolina’s next poet laureate. He said he looked forward “to the unique perspective and style she will bring to the office.” (AP Photo/Department of Cultural Resources)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s poet laureate resigned Thursday, less than a week after her appointment as criticism of the governor for choosing a writer with just two self-published books of poems continued.

Valerie Macon, a disability examiner for the state, said in a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory that she was resigning because she didn’t want the negative attention surrounding her appointment to distract from the position.

“I remain passionate about the mission of poetry to touch all people regardless of age, education or social status,” she wrote. “I would like to encourage everyone to read and write poetry. They do not need prestigious publishing credits or a collection of accolades from impressive organizations — just the joy of words and appreciation of self-expression.”

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