50th Anniversary Poetry

In honor of our 50th anniversary, NC Poet Laureate and HKF board chair Jaki Shelton Green created a new poem, “Dancing in a Sky of Kindness.” “Dancing in a Sea of Kindness” was crafted from poems written in response to a request in the Fall 2023 newsletter for submissions on the meaning of kindness, in 50 words or less. Over 50 writers shared their poetry with us. Jaki wove over a hundred pages of poetry into a new poem, with 80% of the words coming from incarcerated authors. This video is from the first performance of the poem on December 2, 2023 at Shared Visions Retreat Center in Durham, North Carolina, during HKF’s 50th anniversary celebration.