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The Selection Committee is delighted to announce that the next Poet Laureate of Silver City and Grant County is Allison Waterman.

This honorary role is awarded to a person who has established a presence in the world of poetry, demonstrated a commitment to the literary art form, and embraces the opportunity to engage in civil discourse. Following the tenure of poet laureate Eve West Bessier, the committee received several applications for the role and after interviewing all applicants, the committee offered Waterman the position.

Allison (pronouns: she/her) is an avid reader, writer, and researcher who has been published many times, having her poetry, short stories and newspaper columns celebrated locally and nationwide. She was a member of Silver City Slam and currently participates in Poetry Bread events. She cherishes her three sons and two brothers and finds joy in the everyday happenings of life, particularly in the mountains and hot springs of Southern New Mexico.

The poet will serve a two-year term, beginning May 1st 2021, with an option for a third year if mutually agreed. The Poet Laureate program is run by the Southwest Word Fiesta.

–Professor Heather Frankland, Chair of the Poet Laureate Selection Committee

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Southwest Word Fiesta™ or its steering committee.

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