Durham Poet Laureate. DJ Rogers, a poet, spoken word artist, editorialist, and essayist, was selected to serve as Durham’s first poet laureate. Born and raised in the Triangle, Rogers has been teaching poetry and facilitating workshops for nearly a decade in and around Durham. He has been published in Black Nerd Problems Magazine and Freezeray Press. He has worked as an English Language Arts and Creative Writing teacher for the Orange County YMCA, Durham Public Schools, and the KIPP Network.