Annapolis, MD- Governor Larry Hogan(R) has appointed Grace Cavalieri, Maryland’s 10th Poet Laureate.
Cavalieri lives in Annapolis, MD and has published 24 books, produced 26 plays, and hosted over 2,000 episodes of her radio show,” The Poet and the Poem”, in the last 43 years of her career.
The position of State Poet Laureate is to create and promote a platform for Maryland poets.
“My emphasis is really state poetry and I’m ready to go, really, “she said.” I want this to be something where we can keep the excitement happening and post things everyone can be part of. I’m so glad to be given the energy for this new chapter of my life.”
“Her lifelong passion for and dedication to poetry and the arts is nothing short of astounding, and I’m confident Marylanders will enjoy her readings and develop a greater understanding and appreciation for poetry through her services,” Hogan said in a statement.
The Maryland General Assembly established the Poet Laureate in 1959 to make poetry available to all Marylanders. During her 4-year term, Cavalieri will be involved in promoting Maryland poetry through readings in every region of the state along with other ways to promote it.
The previous 10 Poet Laureates for Maryland were, Maria B. Coker, Vincent Godfrey Burns, Lucille Clifton, Reed Whitman, Linda Pastan, Roland Flint, Michael Collier, Michael Glaser, and most recently Stanley Plumly.