Poet Laureati: A National Convergence of State Poets Laureati

We like the word “convergence.” It evokes the thought of harmonic convergences, of stars aligning. In this case, the harmony will be the rhythm of language and the stars aligning will be poetic ambassadors, as nineteen poets from various states descend on Lawrence, Kansas for the first convergence of state poets laureate. Also attending will be recent United States poet laureate Ted Kooser, who will give a reading Sunday. There has also been talk of a poets-laureate anthology.

Remember our earlier post about states with open or absent poet-laureate positions? Once again, we remind you to apply for those positions or peaceably protest in the streets, respectively. When the moon is in the seventh house and all fifty states have poets laureate, who knows what an amazing age will come about?

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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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