NC gov defends his self-published poet laureate - KMPH FOX 26

July 16, 2014 11:38 PM

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NC gov defends his self-published poet laureate - KMPH FOX 26

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's governor, facing criticism that he bypassed a traditional selection process in choosing a poet laureate with only two self-published books to her name, said Wednesday he seeks to give opportunities to those who aren't part of "elite groups."

But Gov. Pat McCrory also said he would review the procedure he used after picking Valerie Macon to serve a two-year term in the high-profile position. A disability examiner for the state, Macon has two self-published books of poetry and a dedication to helping the homeless.

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