Monday, April 4, 2011

Poets in Connecticut: Poet Laureate Dick Allen

Did you know that Connecticut has its own Poet Laureate? I didn't, but we do! The position was created in 1985, and according to the state's Culture and Tourism page about the position, the role of the Poet Laureate is to serve "as an advocate for poetry and [promote] the appreciation of and participation in poetry and literary arts activities among Connecticut citizens".

Dick Allen has been our Poet Laureate since 2010, and will continue to fill the position until 2015. You can read more about him on his website, his publisher's website or the Connecticut Culture and Tourism page about the Poet Laureate.

You can also check out one of Mr. Allen's poetry collections, Present Vanishing, from Miller Memorial Library.

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