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Poet Laureate Term Extended

Stuart, EliseThe Selection Committee for the Poet Laureate of Silver City and Grant County unanimously agreed to offer Elise Stuart, our current Poet Laureate, a further year in the role. It was decided that the Selection Committee should instate a provision by which we can extend the Poet Laureate’s tenure to 3 years by mutual agreement. This provision can be activated in cases where the Poet Laureate has unfinished projects or we feel that there are no suitable new candidates.

In this case, Elise Stuart has a number of projects (a literary radio show, work with local schools) that will benefit from her maintaining her role as Poet Laureate for a third year.

We are delighted to announce that she has accepted the offer and will therefore continue as Poet Laureate of Silver City and Grant County until May 2017.

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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