NC Literary Hall of Fame



Slavery and Freedom on Paul's Hill by Shelby Stephenson

Press 53
$14.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-950413140
October, 2019
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"Slavery and Freedom on Paul’s Hill empties the pockets of all the captors and all the captives into narrative interrogations that turn history inside out. These poems are memorable, essential, and sacred."
—Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate

Shelby Stephensoen was the eighth Poet Laureate of North Carolina and lives on the small farm where he was born near Benson, in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina.

“Most of my poems come out of that background,” he says, “where memory and imagination play on one another.”

Educated at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he is professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, and served as editor of the international literary journal Pembroke Magazine from 1979 until his retirement in 2010.

His awards include the Zoe Kincaid Brockman Memorial Award, North Carolina Writers' Network Chapbook Prize, Bright Hill Press Chapbook Award, and the Brockman-Campbell Poetry Prize.

He has published a poetic documentary Plankhouse (with photographs by Roger Manley), plus ten chapbooks. Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl won the 2008 Bellday Poetry Prize, and the 2009 Oscar Arnold Young Award.

The state of North Carolina presented Shelby with the 2001 North Carolina Award in Literature, and in 2014 he was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

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