Less than a week after being appointed North Carolina’s newest Poet Laureate, Valerie Macon resigned from the post on Thursday. The self-published poet from Fuquay-Varina said in a letter to Governor Pat McCrory she appreciated his confidence in her, but she did not want to distract from the Office of Poet Laureate.
Macon’s appointment drew criticism from the arts community as the governor bypassed the traditional selection process with the N.C. Council of Arts to choose a relatively unknown writer. Past poet laureates also questioned bestowing the honor on someone with just two self-published books.
McCrory defended his choice Wednesday, but pledged to review the appointment process.
In her resignation letter, Macon said she would still like to encourage everyone to read and write poetry:
They do not need a list of prestigious publishing credits or a collection of accolades from impressive organizations – just the joy of words and appreciation of self-expression.
To read Macon’s letter click below: