R113. Uneasy Alliances: Poets Laureate & Government Agencies

Marquis Salon 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Poets laureate of US cities, a county, and two states will share projects and successful agendas as well as challenges. Are these roles merely official spokespersons for city, county, or state? Or are there ways to be a subversive force for art, youth, and culture? Hear ideas of how these positions may be used as platforms for civic change. Panelists (various ages and geography) share plans for keeping poetry in the public eye—as diverse and inclusive platforms for the literary arts.



Patricia Clark is poet in residence and professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University. Author of four volumes of poetry, Patricia’s latest book is Sunday Rising.

L. S. Klatt's first collection of poems, Interloper, won the Juniper Prize for Poetry. His second book, Cloud of Ink, won the Iowa Poetry Prize. His latest volume, Sunshine Wound, was published by Free Verse Editions. He is the poet laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

JoAnn Balingit is author of Words for House Story, a 2015 Best Book at Beltway Poetry. She was a 2014 Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Foundation Fellow in fiction and served as Delaware’s poet laureate 2008–2015. JoAnn is Delaware state coordinator for Poetry Out Loud, and an assistant editor at YesYes Books.

Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

Denise Low


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center