Come celebrate poetry!

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? And did you know that Grand Rapids has its very own Poet Lauereate?

Come join us on April 3rd at 5:30pm at the Main library as L.S. Klatt is appointed Grand Rapids’ Poet Laureate. Klatt is a professor at Calvin College and his poetry has been featured in Blackbird, Denver Quarterly, Washington Square, Harvard Review, New Orleans Review, The Best American Poetry 2011 and more. Klatt will begin his 3 year term that evening and will join the likes of Linda Nemec Foster, Patricia Clark, Rodney Torreson, and David Cope in representing our city through poetry. Klatt will be doing a reading and booksigning.

The Poet Laureate acts as an ambassador for poetry, creating programs and projects to foster the writing and reading of poetry by the public. The Laureate helps to create a greater awareness of poetry and promotes a love for the power of the written and spoken word. According to Klatt, “The great vitality of a city is its speech, and yet much of what we say to one another is reckless, superfluous, or worn out. It is the task of poetry to resuscitate the tongue. As Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, I want to help us return again to the poems that articulate our aspirations and carry our cultural memory. In an age of competing discourses, I want to unify us once more around the possibilities and pleasures of words. That is what poetry has to offer.”

So if you are poet, a fan of poetry, or merely curious then be sure to join us as we welcome L.S. Klatt as our city’s new Poet Laureate.

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