Everyone knows that the United States has a Poet Laureate and that many of the states do as well.
However, more and more cities and towns across the country are getting into the act now as well.
And, why not? As the NY Times has reported, "interest in poetry has gone up, experts say, thanks to efforts by local libraries and arts councils, as well as wider programs like National Poetry Month, Poetry in Motion and Poem in Your Pocket Day."
Anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah...Cities and Poets Laureate.
On last Wednesday I attended the final day of her August poetry workshops, at the central library downtown.
The last session tested our creative skills more than the others.
This session was all about learning to use poetic forms.
Before I get to that I want to sincerely thank the wonderful, amusing, talented, and encouraging, Gwendolyn for putting on this series. It was a fun and educational experience.
She will be having a book launch, Sept. 19th, at the Houston Public Library, for her newest book!
"She discusses her new poetry book Falling in Love with Fellow Prisoners: In this collection, Zepeda captures the aching loneliness and vulnerability of contemporary urban life".
I wish to also thank my fellow attendees, especially those who, like me, braved all 4 weeks. Young and old, your creativity adds so much to that which my new home city has long been known for.