The poetry news gets better and better. Peter Sears is Oregon’s newest Poet Laureate. Governor John Kitzhaber appointed the Corvallis poet to replace Paulann Peterson, who has held the position since 2010. Sears, who has lived in Oregon since 1974, teaches at Pacific University. He’s the author of three collections of poetry, “Tour,” “The Brink” and “Green Diver.” He also has a collection, “Small Talk: New and Selected Poems” that will be published this year. His collection, “The Brink,” was named one of Oregon’s best books by the Oregon State Library.
Sears is a wonderful, witty poet with an easygoing style, a great choice to represent this state. According to a press release, in his new position as poet laureate he will travel the state to foster interest in poetry, encourage literacy and address issues relating to the humanities and heritage. Sears will also perform public readings across the state over the two years of his tenure. I am looking forward to any and all Ashland visits.
Click the link below to see his website and his fabulous work.
Previous poets laureate:
Edwin Charles Markham (1921-1940)
Ben Hur Lampman (1951-1954)
Ethel Romig Fuller (1957-1965)
William Stafford (1974-1989)
Lawson Inada (2006-2010)
Paulann Petersen (2010-2014)