Salisbury announces first-ever poet laureate

SALISBURY, Md.- A member of the 47 ABC extended family has been named the city’s first-ever poet laureate. Nancy Mitchell will serve a two-year term.

Through her appointment, she will work with both schools and the public to increase appreciation for the art of poetry through readings, workshops and city events.

Mitchell’s role now will be to enrich the lives of City and County residents through poetry and the literary arts.

“It means a lot to me that I’ll be able to continue this and make a difference in our city and our community can see through the eyes of poetry that it’s a beautiful and magical and amazing place,” Mitchell states.

In Salisbury, it is poetry week and there are still events going on this weekend.

The following community events are free and open to the public:

Friday, April 5:

1-3 p.m., Poetry Writing Critique Roundtable at Salisbury University’s Center for Lifelong Learning at Blackwell Hall. Satterfield will meet with 10 Shore poets for a roundtable critique session on their poetry. Those attending will be invited to read at an open mic event at 6 p.m. that day. Registration is required; send an email with contact information and “Critique Roundtable” as the subject heading to easternshorevoices@gmail.com.

4-5:30 p.m. Personae Writing Workshop at Salisbury University’s CELL at Blackwell Hall. Satterfield will facilitate a hands-on workshop on how to craft personae poems. Participants will be invited to read from their work at an open mic event at 6 p.m. that day. Registration is required; send an email with contact information and “Personae Workshop” as the subject heading to easternshorevoices@gmail.com.

6-8 p.m. First Friday Open Mic Nite hosted by Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council at 110 W. Church St., located between The Brick Room, next to St. Peter’s Episcopalian Church. Area poets of all ages are invited to read their poetry or recite spoken word at this event, which will be highlighted by several featured local poets and Fenix Youth Project, a spoken advocacy group that helps young people find their voices through poetry. Light refreshments will be served. Hosted by Pat Valdata, Jamaad Gould and Amber Green. No registration required and admission is free.
Saturday, April 6

10 a.m.-noon, Memoir in Poetry Writing Workshop for ages 60 and above at the Wicomico Public Library, Centre Branch. Learn to free your inner memories, led by poet-in-residence Satterfield. Participants will explore memory through a careful, detailed study of imagery, examining specific captured moments found in well-known published poems, and write poems of their own. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call 410-546-5397 to register.

1:30-3 p.m. Eco Poetry Writing Workshop at Wicomico Public Library, Centre Branch. This workshop will focus on the writing of ecological poetry by giving participants a variety of prompts designed to provide new sources of inspiration. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call 410-546-5397 to register.

6-11 p.m. Undercurrents 101: A Spring Festival at the SU Art Galleries in downtown Salisbury. In collaboration with the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, Salisbury Young Professionals and Salisbury Poetry Week, SU Art Galleries will present Undercurrents 101, a one-night spring festival celebrating underground art and culture on the Eastern Shore. The event will feature local bands The Swell Fellas and Dirt Woman, rapper Devon Beck, a poetry reading by Salisbury’s yet-to-be announced poet laureate, a screening of Simon Hetrick’s film “Exposed,” featuring video by local artist Matt McQueeney and a pop-up exhibition of visual artworks by local artists.

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