City Council seeks to establish Charleston’s first poet laureate

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Charleston will likely open up the door for its first poet laureate following an upcoming vote by City Council on Tuesday.

The citywide wordsmith would be tasked with implementing a community outreach and education program to encourage writing, promote literacy through poetry in schools, and compose works that speak to, for, and of our region.

While there is no word yet on who will be selected for the new position, the first poet laureate will be appointed by Mayor John Tecklenburg, with the recommendation of South Carolina poet laureate Marjory Wentworth and the director of the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Scott Watson. The poet laureate may be eligible for an annual honorarium, according to the proposed ordinance that would establish the position. Once appointed, each poet laureate will be expected to serve a two-year term and assist in the selection of his or her successor. 


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