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Carrboro Poet Laureate Bridges Past And Present

Jay Bryan speaking at the Carrboro Centennial.
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The small town of Carrboro was once a prominent mill town in the early to mid-1900s. But after all of the mills closed down and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill continued to grow, the town became a haven to students and an evolving arts scene. And Carrboro Poet Laureate Jay Bryan wants to use the arts as a way to remember and honor the town’s history.

Jay Bryan has been the town’s Poet Laureate since 2010, and this summer he steps down from his position. Jay joins Host Frank Stasio to discuss the role of poetry in a town of transition.

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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