Meet Your New Poet Laureate: Tod Marshall


TodBridgeI’m delighted to tell you that Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Tod Marshall as the Washington State Poet Laureate for 2016-18. This is great news — Tod is a marvelous poet and a gifted teacher, and he will be a terrific advocate for poetry in our state. His term begins Feb. 1, 2016. Tod plans to use this site, so if you haven’t yet signed up to follow, please do.

If you want to get a sense of Tod’s voice and sensibility as a poet, give a listen to “Three Dreams from the Eastside of the Mountains,” as featured on KUOW.

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Call for New Seattle Civic Poet and Next Washington State Poet Laureate

Seattle Civic Poet

The City of Seattle is launching a new program: Civic Poet. Applications are due by May 28, and a selection will be made by the end of July.

From the press release:

The new two-year Civic Poet post will serve as a cultural ambassador for Seattle’s rich, multi-hued literary landscape and will represent Seattle’s diverse cultural community. In addition to five annual performances, the Civic Poet will also complete hands-on work with communities to engage constituents city-wide.

The Civic Poet program is administered by the city’s Office of Arts & Culture. For more information, visit

Washington State Poet Laureate

I’ll hand the baton on to the next Washington State Poet Laureate in early 2016, and the application period is now open to determine who (whom? I can never keep that straight) I’ll hand it to. Continue reading “Call for New Seattle Civic Poet and Next Washington State Poet Laureate”