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Poet Laureate

Lloyd at the Mass Books Award at the State House

Poems We Love project with Lloyd Schwartz, poet laureate


Wed., April 17, 7:00pm


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Join us for the Poems We Love project. 

You don't have to be a poet to have poetry in your life. Lloyd Schwartz, Somerville Poet Laureate, and the Somerville Arts Council are planning an event on April 17th at the Somerville Armory in which Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Somerville residents will read poems or song lyrics they've always loved or enjoyed.  This event is NOT about writers reading their own work. Rather, we are looking for poetry that has inspired you!

Poems We Love
Somerville Armory, 191 Highland Ave.
Wednesday, April 17, 7:00-8:30 pm
Come early and stay late for light refreshments.

The Council is pleased to have Lloyd Schwartz as our third poet laureate to serve a term from 2019 to 2020.   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.