Stay tuned! A new feature will be up soon--links to the poets of the state, depending on Kathryn Stripling Byer's "Laureate's Lasso."
This discussion started with shared e-mails about the N.C. Arts Council's announcement that it was seeking nominations for the Poet Laureate to succeed Kathryn Stripling Byer. The deadline for online nominations is Oct. 9, 2009 (on www.ncarts.org
). A panel of people very familiar with poetry and the poetry world review the nominations and make a decision. They take into consideration the poet's outreach and communication skills as well as his or her work.
We have begun to care so much about poetry and its role in society, that it may be nice to observe the process. Is there, for instance, a significant body of experienced poets and poetry scholars who are not part of the network of discussers and deciders? If so, how might they get included?
Let's start a discussion of the process and of nominated poets here, right out in e-public.
One nominee put forward is: Carol Boston Weatherford