We are delighted to announce the selection of the newest Marin County Poet Laureate for 2019-2021: Terry Lucas!
Project: “Poetry as Connection”: Poetry for a wider community begins with a wider community of poets.
What does “Poetry as Connection” mean?
Poetry connects people. During times of celebration we turn to poetry to express our gratitude. In times of grief and loss we turn to poetry for the comfort and healing it can bring. In both instances, poetry provides a sense of community. But at any time, poetry can connect us to others and to ourselves in a deeper way—emotionally, cognitively, and behaviorally.
Why is “Poetry as Connection” important?
Poets need readers and audiences. They also need one another. Individuals and communities need poets. The reading of poetry is on the rise, while the reading of novels is on the decline. Even so, too many people have not read a poem since they were in school.
Who will this project connect?
As Marin Poet Laureate, I will make connecting poets with their audiences, and with their readers, as well as with one another, a priority. In this way I will help residents of Marin have access to more poetry, and help them to find poets that speak to them, particularly in areas now underserved.
Terry Lucas is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Dharma Rain (Saint Julian Press, 2016), and In This Room (CW Books, 2016). His two prize-winning chapbooks are Altar Call (San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival, 2013), and If They Have Ears to Hear (Southeastern Missouri University Press, 2013), winner of the 2012 Copperdome Chapbook Award. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous national journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New Poets 2012, Cider Press Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Grain Magazine, Great River Review, Green Mountains Review, MiPOesias, Poetry Flash, Great River Review, Rosebud Magazine, and South 85 Journal, among others. Terry is an MFA graduate of New England College, a regular guest speaker, panelist, and reader for the Dominican University Low-Residency MFA Program, as well as a free-lance poetry coach. He is the sixth Poet Laureate of Marin County California. More about Terry and his work can be found at www.terrylucas.com.