San Mateo County Poet Laureate launches poetry awareness campaign

Caroline Goodwin, San Mateo’s Poet Laureate and resident of Montara, is launching a poetry awareness campaign. The text of the press release follows the graphic.




San Mateo County Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin

to launch “Poetry Is” Campaign with a Poetry Contest

(Redwood City, CA)  – As part of her official duties, San Mateo County’s first Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin will launch “Poetry Is”, a campaign to increase awareness of San Mateo County cities, towns and neighborhoods through the power of the spoken word. “Poetry Is” will kick-off with a poetry contest, open to poets of all ages who live in San Mateo County, and culminate in a celebration of poetry on the evening of October 30 at the Belmont Library.  The San Mateo County Library is a partner in this campaign.

“Our Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin is hard at work in our community – elevating interest in poetry and the literary arts into the fabric of San Mateo County.  The “Poetry Is” campaign is a unique way to celebrate the beauty of our County through the eyes of our residents – young and old alike!” said San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum, Co-Chair of the Poet Laureate Advisory Committee.

“A poem can show life lived in a particular environment, bringing the reader into the physical space surrounding the poet through imagery and illuminating the poet’s vision through both sound and sense,” noted Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin.  “I am interested in experiencing the many individual voices that are living and writing throughout our beautiful County. My hope is that the Poetry Is campaign will be a way to showcase our poetry of place and allow for many different voices to come together and be heard.”

Poems can be submitted during the month of September to Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin – instructions are on the San Mateo County Poet Laureate website at  Poems may be in any form, in any language or combination of languages and up to 40 lines in length using the name of the city or town in which the poet resides in the title of the poem – giving readers a sense of “place” and its uniqueness.  A selection committee of poets will judge the poetry and invite several poets to participate in readings at the “Poetry Is” celebration to be held on the evening October 30th at the Belmont Library.  “Poetry Is” flyers (attached) will be posted in libraries and in schools throughout the County.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors created the honorary post of Poet Laureate in April 2013. The San Mateo County Poet Laureate Advisory Committee was formed and co-chaired by San Mateo County Supervisors Warren Slocum and Carole Groom.

Caroline Goodwin began her two-year post as Poet Laureate on January 1, 2014.  Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Goodwin, apoet, writer and professor, moved to San Mateo County in 1999 to attend Stanford as a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry. She is a professor at the California College of the Arts and teaches in both the MFA Writing and undergraduate Writing and Literature programs; she also teaches workshops through the Stanford Writer’s Studio. Goodwin earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She is an avid poet with a variety of published poems as well as her recent collection of poems, Trapline.  Caroline Goodwin resides in Montara with her husband Nick and two daughters.


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