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Posted on: July 17, 2014

City of Richmond Selects Three Poets Laureate!


The City of Richmond has three new Poets Laureate!

So impressive was the response to the Call for Applications this spring that the Poet Laureate Selection Panel was hard pressed to select just one. Finalists were invited to compete against one another at a Poetry Slam on Wednesday, June 25th to help the panel decide. The three Poets Laureate selected are: Donte Clark, Brenda Quintanilla, and Lincoln Bergman.

The winners represent a wide range of age, gender and cultural diversity, which the panel considers an asset. Throughout the tryouts for the program each of the applicants expressed a desire to make a contribution to poetry in Richmond, whether or not they were chosen as Poet Laureate. The other applicants were: Nyabingha Zianni McDowell, Ivori Holson, Daniel Ari, and Collette McCaslin. A new poetry committee will include all of the applicants.

The Poet Laureate program provides a focus for the appreciation and dissemination of poetry in Richmond. The three new Poets Laureate will work together for the new two years to promote poetry among our youth, and will act as spokespersons for the growing number of poets and writers in Richmond. They will also work with the West Contra County Unified School District (WCCUSD) to bring poetry into the classrooms, and will coordinate poetry events in the community.

The inaugural Poet Laureate for Richmond was Dwayne Parish. Dwayne wrote many poems, always using the acrostic style, about the Richmond community. A collection of his work will be published this year.

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