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Poet Laureateship changes hands THIS Thursday

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on April 27, 2009 at 6:00 am with No Comments »
April 27, 2009 6:00 am

I apologize: I got it wrong. I previously listed this reading last week, but of course it’s this week: April 30.

What am I doing this Thursday evening? Listening to Bill Kupinse read for the last time as Tacoma’s Poet Laureate, and find out who’s going to fill his shoes next year.

Kupinse, a professor of English at the University of Puget Sound, has been in the laureate job for one year now–the inaugural Urban Grace Poet Laureate of Tacoma. It’s a tough job, involving lots of reading (and, presumably, writing) poetry, leading workshops and raising the standard of poetry in T-town. But it’s time for someone else to have all the fun. So after a month of mulling over the entrants for the competitive post, the judges will appoint the Laureate for 2009/2010 at an event at UPS this Thursday.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Kupinse and fellow professor/poet Hans Ostrom will read their work; then Mayor Bill Baarsma will announce the new Poet Laureate. A new book by Tacoma poets and co-edited by Kupinse, “In Tahoma’s shadow,” will be released as well. Be there or be prosaic.

Location: Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre Hall, UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. www.ups.edu

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