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Poet Laureate

Lloyd at the Mass Books Award at the State House

Lloyd Schwartz, Somerville Poet Laureate

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The Council is pleased to have Lloyd Schwartz as our third poet laureate.  Lloyd's term began in 2019. A Somerville resident, Lloyd has been a teacher and advocate of poetry for many years. 

Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His poetry collections include These People; Goodnight, Gracie; Cairo Traffic; and most recently, Little Kisses (University of Chicago Press). His poems have been published in, among many other journals, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Agni, Consequence, and Ploughshares, and have been selected for the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Poetry (three times), and The Best of the Best American Poetry. An authority on the poet Elizabeth Bishop, he co-edited the Library of America’s Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, & Letters and edited the centennial edition of Bishop’s Prose. He’s also the classical music critic for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air and the Contributing Arts Critic for WBUR’s the ARTery. His reviews for Fresh Air are collected in Music In—and On—the Air. For many years, he was the Classical Music Editor of the Boston Phoenix, for which he was awarded the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. He has lived in East Somerville since 1984.

For more information on Lloyd and his work, please check out these links. 

Academy of American Poets

Poetry Foundation

Poetry Society of America

If local institutions or organziations wish to engage with Lloyd please reach out to Gregory Jenkins at the Council.