Back in February I reported about the city of Houston searching for its first poet laureate.
A few days ago they announced that one had been found.
There were 21 applicants and the person chosen was described as someone whose "poetry has been mostly personal, something she shares with family and friends."
Gwendolyn Zepeda is best known for her novels and a long-running blog.
One of the things that interest me is that she says that, as poet laureate, she wants to "launch a web page that features local poets and identifies them by their neighborhoods or communities."
The Houston Public Library article adds that:
"She will conduct workshops in which she will share the art and love of poetry and participate in community based poetry programs. Zepeda will also provide content to the Houston Poet Laureate Program web page and publish poetry to the Website by the community members attending her workshops."
I visited her website and discovered a few interesting things:
1. She's a cat lady, which thrills my fellow poets, Nikita and Elvira Mistress of Felinity no end!
2. Her current blog has an archive going back to 2003, but she has rarely blogged in recent years.
Her only entry this year was 2 days before the news broke about her being chosen as poet laureate, and is an interesting, thoughtful and amusing essay, especially considering what has happened in her life since she wrote it.
Articles and websites referenced for this post:
1. Houston Chronicle - Houston appoints its own poet laureate
2. Houston Public Library - http://www.houstonlibrary.org/houston-poet-laureate
3. Gwendolyn Zepeda website - http://gwendolynzepeda.com/
4. April 8th blog post - Things You Do When You Get Older -