Lake County Poet Laureate Plans Countywide Poetry Tour

In 2021, Lake County Poet Laureate Georgina Marie Guardado 2020-2024 was selected as 1 of 23 Poet Laureates across the United States to receive a Poets Laureate Fellowship with the Academy of American Poets. The Academy was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.

The fellowship entailed a financial award sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the Poets Laureate in their work, as well as support public poetry programs in their respective communities. Over the last year, Guardado has installed poetry boxes and little free poetry libraries in select locations countywide, accessible to the general public. 

To commemorate the end of her project year and celebrate the literary arts in Lake County, Guardado is hosting a Poetry Tour of free poetry workshops and readings around the county. All are welcome to attend and all levels of writers are welcome, including beginners. Events are free to attend and no advance registration is required. Participants attending any of the writing workshops are encouraged to bring pen, paper, and water to keep hydrated on hotter days. Participants attending poetry readings are invited to bring original work to share.

The Poetry Tour schedule is as follows:

For any questions, email georgina.marie@hotmail.com. To learn more about her fellowship project including a map of all poetry displays, visit her website at https://www.georginamariepoet.com/fellowship.

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