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Dr. Joseph Halstead, better known as \"Dom Placid,\" is North Carolina's poet laureate, although he was born in Brooklyn, New York. He came to the state in 1921 as teacher of English and Greek at Belmont Abbey College. His writing is not limited only to poetry; he has written plays, book reviews for the Charlotte Observer, and has a radio show called \"Poetry Corner.\" The duties of a poet laureate are to extol the virtues of his state in poetic form and encourage the writing of poetry.