New Poet Laureate for Westport
Join us in the Trefz Forum at noon on June 29th when First Selectwomen Jen Tooker announces and introduces Westport's 2nd Poet Laureate to the community!
The inaugural Poet Laureate, Diane Meyer Lowman, will have served a 3-year term on June 30, extended a year due to the pandemic. During her tenure, Diane recited and curated poetry at Town ceremonies and events, schools, the Center for Senior Activities, the Library and arts events.
The Town of Westport Poet Laureate serves as an ambassador for both the town and for the literary form, helping to celebrate and continue the town’s vibrant literary history. The First Selectwoman’s office appoints the Poet Laureate, and the Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WAAC) administers the program. Applications were reviewed, and interviews were conducted, by a committee of representatives from the Westport Schools, the Westport Library, and WAAC. The Poet Laureate is an honorary, non-compensated two-year position.