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This fundraiser ended on 01/20/13

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Family & friends of Jaki Shelton Green are uniting to raise money to help her battle an undiagnosed chronic illness without insurance.

The funds raised will be used for Jaki Shelton Green's medical costs. She does not have medical insurance of any kind. Her doctor anticipates that Jaki's medical bills will exceed $25,000 by the end of this year. So any amount you can send will help. Since September 2011 her husband, Abdul Lateef, has been caring for her at home around the clock. During this entire time, which has included three lengthy hospitalizations, Jaki's lived in severe pain over her entire body. This undiagnosed chronic illness has tremendously limited the use of her hands and is accompanied by uncontrollable muscle spams.
In March 2012, Jaki was introduced to Dr. Sonia Rapaport, who specializes in undiagnosed chronic illnesses. Dr. Rapaport has been able to bring great relief and insight into Jaki's illness. The treatments are expensive. Your donation will make it possible for Jaki to receive the medical care that she desperately needs until she has fully recovered.
“There are poets who live in North Carolina and then there are poets that personify North Carolina. Jaki Shelton Green is one of those poets whose words embody the land, the culture and the people." - Glenis Redmond, Poet-Educator
Jaki Shelton Green uses poetry to heal and empower disenfranchised populations, including women, children, the incarcerated and the mentally and physically ill. Her poem, “Bring Me Your Breasts,” was performed throughout 2002 in commemoration of breast cancer survivors.
In 2003, she won the NC Award for Literature. has received a variety of awards and honors for her work, including the North Carolina Award for Literature (2003), Artist-in Residence at The Taller Portobelo Artist Colony (2006) in Panama, and the 2007 Sam Ragan Award. Her poetry has appeared in publications such as The Crucible, The African-American Review, Obsidian, Poets for Peace, Ms. Magazine, Essence Magazine, KAKALAK, Callaloo, Cave Canem African American Writers Anthology, and The Pedestal Magazine. Her publications (Carolina Wren Press) include Dead on Arrival, Dead on Arrival and New Poems, Masks, Conjure Blues, singing a tree into dance, Blue Opal (a play), and breath of the song (which was cited as one of the two Best Poetry Books of the Year by the Independent Weekly).
Ms. Green has conducted workshops and presented readings throughout the U.S, Europe, the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America. Additionally, her poetry has been choreographed by groups such as African American Dance Ensemble, Two Near the Edge, and the ChoreoCollective. Ms. Green holds a Master’s degree in Community Economic Development from the Development Training Institute, University of Maryland and maintains an independent consultancy specializing in nonprofit board training, arts and education, and the humanities.
In addition, she continues to teach creative writing to marginalized populations of our society including the homeless, incarcerated, and the writer-as-survivor. She's collaborated as a creativity coach with human service agencies and corporations using writing and creativity as tools of healing and transformation. Her workshops, such as “Building Community through Poetry and the Arts” are available through the North Carolina Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau.
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