Boise City Dept. of Arts & History | 2013
Boise resident Diane Raptosh has been selected as Boise’s first Poet Laureate. Ms. Raptosh is a professor of English and the Eyck-Berringer Endowed Chair at The College of Idaho. She is the recipient of a number of honors and awards in the field of poetry and is the author of American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press, 2013), among others.
The Boise Poet Laureate will create and read three new works pertinent to BOISE 150 themes of Environment, Enterprise, and Community at selected BOISE 150 events. The Poet Laureate will also present a reading and discussion of work as part of National Poetry Month in April in the Sesqui-Shop (BOISE 150 headquarters). Other specially identified opportunities will be announced during the coming year.
WHY A POET LAUREATE FOR BOISE?
Poet Laureates are teachers who, through poetry, help citizens at all levels of society interpret the world and appreciate and understand the power of language. Poetry is a wonderful way to teach literacy. The growing number of poetry festivals and other poetry events throughout the U.S. is evidence that people want more poetry in their lives.
By honoring a Poet Laureate the City acknowledges that: 1) Our city values a literate population; and 2) we have designated a person to promote that message. Boise currently has no programs that focus on poets or poetry, although poets are encouraged to apply for an Arts & History grant to write and present poetry.
WHAT WILL THE POET LAUREATE DO?
In brief, the Poet Laureate will develop outreach activities that will bring the power of poetry to Boise, particularly citizens in underserved areas. Those activities might include readings, workshops and other literary events at educational institutions and civic and cultural venues. The Poet Laureate also will be called upon to present poems at ceremonial occasions and official city events, i.e. Boise 150 commemoration activities, Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Art & History, and others.
This program will be administered by the Boise City Arts & History Department, the official sponsor of the Poet Laureate program.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS FOR THE BOISE POET LAUREATE PROGRAM?
HOW MANY CITIES AND STATES HAVE A POET LAUREATE?
According to the Library of Congress, 43 states have official state poet laureate positions (two states, Alaska and Idaho, broadened the post to "Writer Laureate"). The District of Columbia and Santa Fe, N.M., appoint city poets laureate.
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