State Poet Laureate News

Maine Governor Paul LePage has appointed Wesley McNair the new state poet laureate, which might have been a bit ironic, since McNair spoke up for Maine poets after LePage left the traditional poetic representative out of his inauguration ceremonies.

Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein, who, with his mustache, looks a bit like creative-writing professor Warren Hecht of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor’s Residential College, gave a talk in Batavia refuting the ostensible death of poetry.

The following states have vacancies for state poet laureate: Mississippi and Nevada. If you are a poet living in either of those two states, consider sending in your application, unofficial transcripts, and three recent letters of recommendation.

The following states egregiously lack the position of state poet laureate: Arizona, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. If you live in any of these states, please become outraged, take to the streets in unruly mobs, and erect barricades of flaming tires. Please do stop short of outright violence. But put on a really good show.

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A former altar boy and a former U.S. Army interrogator, respectively, John F. Buckley and Martin Ott were born and raised in Michigan, meeting each other at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor before separately migrating to California in the early 1990s to attend graduate schools, their friendship evolving into a writing collaboration – what they refer to as poetic volleyball. They both currently live in Southern California, John with his wife, Martin with his wife and two children. John teaches English composition at several local colleges, while Martin works as a marketing strategist for a global company. John still affects a strange piety; Martin still finds himself asking a lot of questions. Individually and together, their writing has appeared in over 150 periodicals and anthologies, garnering three Pushcart Prize nominations for Martin’s poems “India Ivy” and “When Bridges Fall” (available in his collection Children of Interrogation, which has been a finalist or semi-finalist in eighteen poetry prizes) and John’s “Poem for Christy’s Daughter” (available in his collection Kinks in the Hose). Martin has also optioned three screenplays. His chapbook Misery Loves was published on Red Dancefloor Press. John’s chapbook Breach Birth was published on Propaganda Press.
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