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Tag: Tacoma Poet Laureate


Lucas Smiraldo is Tacoma’s new Poet Laureate; will read at library next Tuesday

Spoken word artist Lucas Smiraldo has been chosen to be Tacoma’s new Poet Laureate for 2013-2015. The two-year post has been running for five years and is awarded by the Tacoma Arts Commission. It involves community readings, workshops and events, the first of which is a reading next Tuesday in the Tacoma Public Library main branch featuring past and present laureates.

Smiraldo, who performs as Vanilla Soul, is a prolific writer, performance poet and playwright who has collaborated with many other Pacific Northwest artists in varied disciplines. A former education director at the Broadway Center for Performing

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Calling all poets: Women poets invited to reading, and new Tacoma Poet Laureate sought

Two opportunities are coming up for local poets. Current poet laureate Josie Emmons Turner invites South Sound women poets to join her in a reading at Tacoma Community College’s The Gallery, based on the current exhibition’s theme of Greek and Roman mythology. Up to 20 poets will be selected to read at 7 p.m. on April 19 in the gallery, and poems may be later published in a chapbook. Submissions should include up to three unpublished poems on the theme, no longer than two pages, in a Word document and labeled with name, address, email and phone number in the upper left-hand corner. Use 12 point Times New Roman or Georgia fonts only. Submit to facebook.com/josieemmonsturner by Feb. 28.

Any Tacoma poet, male or female, is invited to submit an application for the fifth annual Tacoma Poet Laureate program, run by the City of Tacoma Arts Commission. The chosen laureate holds the title for two years, receiving a $2,000 stipend for advancing and actively contributing to Tacoma’s literary community in meaningful ways through readings, performances, workshops, presentations, publications and/or special projects, and participating in associated programs. Read more »


Josie Emmons Turner is the new Tacoma Poet Laureate

The Tacoma Arts Commission has selected Josie Emmons Turner as the 2011-2013 Poet Laureate for the City of Tacoma. The Tacoma Poet Laureate program was founded in 2008 by the Urban Grace Church, and is now managed by the City of Tacoma Arts Commission. This year is also the first laureateship to be a two-year position. Emmons Turner will be officially instated at a free public ceremony and reading in conjunction with National Poetry Month on April 28 at Bellaballs Studio.

“I am thrilled, anxious and excited to be the next Poet Laureate,” said Emmons Turner.

The program showcases

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