Posts Tagged ‘ Poet Laureate ’

New Poet Laureate Benjamin Grossberg Continues West Hartford’s Creative Legacy – We-Ha | West Hartford News

Benjamin Grossberg was officially named West Hartford’s seventh poet laureate this spring. By Tracey Weiss, West Hartford LIFE While April came and went with town residents still stuck at home, one happy ritual took place under the radar: the naming of West Hartford’s new poet laureate, Benjamin Grossberg. Mayor Shari Cantor, whose first-ever resolution for […]

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Connecticut’s New Poet Laureate Has Something To Say | Beachcombing | connecticutmag.com

State’s new poet laureate, Margaret Gibson, views life through different lens.                                                                           

Our new poet laureate, Margaret Gibson, wants to come to your town or city, go to your public library, park, art gallery or coffee shop, and engage you in a community dialogue while she reads her poetry or listens to yours.

Gibson also aims to further the role of the poet as a “truth teller” in a time of political deception.

“It’s getting to the point that just to speak your own truth is becoming a political act,” Gibson muses as she sits in her circa-1700s house set in the woods of Preston.
. . . Gibson says she wants to “green” the state poet laureate position, “to be able to give voice to the fact that what we’re doing to the planet is endangering it and us and our children’s lives and our grandchildren’s lives.”

Source: Connecticut’s New Poet Laureate Has Something To Say | Beachcombing | connecticutmag.com

For first-ever poet laureate, Hartford taps resident and Norwich Community College professor – Hartford Courant

Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, an associate professor at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, was appointed by Mayor Luke Bronin.

Source: For first-ever poet laureate, Hartford taps resident and Norwich Community College professor – Hartford Courant

Tracy K. Smith, America’s Poet Laureate, Is a Woman With a Mission – The New York Times

“You want a poem to unsettle something,” Smith told me. She lowered her voice almost to a whisper. “There’s a deep and interesting kind of troubling that poems do, which is to say: ‘This is what you think you’re certain of, and I’m going to show you how that’s not enough. There’s something more that might be even more rewarding if you’re willing to let go of what you already know.’ ”

Poet Laureate Wants To Bring Poetry To More People – Courant Community

Julie Choffel is West Hartford’s new poet laureate. Choffel, a creative writing professor at the University of Connecticut, wants to bring poetry to more people through public workshops. (Michael Walsh / Courant Community)

Source: Poet Laureate Wants To Bring Poetry To More People – Courant Community

Frank Sherlock is Philadelphia’s second poet laureate

Frank Sherlock , whose appointment is to be announced by Mayor Nutter on Friday, succeeds Sonia Sanchez. “I think Frank Sherlock will make things happen,” said the head of the poet laureate governing committee.

Frank Sherlock is Phila.’s second poet laureate.

Philip Levine, Voice of the Workingman [Working Class] to Be Poet Laureate / The New York Times

Philip Levine to Be Poet Laureate