On April 15, 2016, Pauletta Hansel became Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate. She served a two year term, through March 2018 promoting poetry appreciation, encouraging the reading and writing of poetry throughout the city as well as composing and reading poems for special events and occasions. The current Poet Laureate is Manuel Iris.
Click a title, below, for more information about past activities:
- Community Workshop Writings This includes poems created during community writing experiences led by the Poet Laureate.
- Three Poems for Our City, collaborative poems composed by the Poet Laureate during her term, Cincinnati: The State of Us, Our Words and Cincinnati: A Song of Ourselves.
- Cinncinnati Walking Sonnet Project
- Poet Laureate Events.
- Poet Laureate Plan, including final report.
In April 2017, CityBeat named Pauletta Cincinnati’s Best Ambassador for Poetry in recognition of her work.
A video of the Installation Ceremony and links to interviews are below.
Poetry Month Interview on WVXU, Around Cincinnati
CityBeat Interview, May 25, 2016
Interview on “Inside the Writer’s Head” Cincinnati Public Library writer-in-residence Jeff Hillard’s podcast
Interview with WNKU’s Cheri Lawson, May 27, 2016