- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina has a new poet laureate.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Friday that he has appointed Valeria Macon to the two-year position.

She succeeds Joseph Bathanti.

Macon has lived in the state 35 years and has published several books of poetry, including “Shelf Life.” It was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, as was her second book, “Sleeping Rough.” Macon, who now lives in Fuquay-Varina, was the Gilbert Chapel Distinguished Poet for the Eastern Region in 2010-11.

In her new role, Macon will likely work on a long-term project and travel across the state to speak about poetry and work with writers.

The position of poet laureate was first established in North Carolina in 1935. It calls for poet laureates to have deep connections to the culture of the state and a history of literary excellence.