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