S117. Literary Public Citizen: The Laureate in the Community

Meeting Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


What does it mean to be a literary public citizen? One state, two city, and two township laureates discuss developing programs and strategies that effectively use poetry to build community and address local needs. Topics include best practices for addressing a wide range of audiences (in age, exposure to poetry, and interest), navigating bureaucratic structures, applying for grants, teaching in community settings, advocating for the arts, and nurturing one’s own career while serving as laureate.



Elline Lipkin is the author of a book of poems, The Errant Thread, and a critical book, Girls' Studies. A Research Scholar with UCLA's Center for the Study of Women, she also teaches poetry for Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Currently, and she serves as the poet laureate of Altadena, California.

JoAnn Balingit is a 2017 VONA/Voices fellow and author of Words for House Story (2013). Her poems appear in Best New Poets, Salt Hill, The Rumpus, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. An assistant editor at YesYes Books, and editor at Delaware Poetry Review, she was Delaware poet laureate from 2008 to 2015.

Amy Dryansky's second book, Grass Whistle, won the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award. Her first, How I Got Lost So Close to Home, was published by Alice James Books, and her poems appear in a variety of anthologies and journals. She works at Hampshire College, and she is poet laureate of Northampton, MA.

Chad Frame


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center