Schenectady County considers naming a poet laureate

"I'm reminded again and again of the ways poetry especially " because of its intense focus on language and power of expression through image and sound " makes students close, attentive, more discerning, understanding and sensitive readers and writers."

McCord and others said Schenectady County could be the first in the area to make such an appointment.

The county's position would closely mirror of positions held by distinguished poets both nationally and regionally.

The United States Library of Congress has appointed an official Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress since 1937.

In 1985, an act of Congress changed the name of the position to Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.

Much like the proposed county position, U.S. Poets Laureate seek to increase public interest in poetry through events, newspaper columns and publications.

Previous U.S. Poets Laureate include Robert Penn Warren, Robert Frost, Rita Dove, Ted Kooser and Donald Hall.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic is the current U.S. Poet Laureate. Simic was appointed to the position in 2007.

New York State also boasts two literary posts. Novelist and short story writer Mary Gordon is the state author and Jean Valentine is the state poet. Both were named to their positions in March.

The Schenectady County Legislature will vote on its resolution at its meeting on Tuesday, July 8.""

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