At the October 19th Town Council Meeting, Elizabeth Szewczyk was introduced as the Town’s first Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate position was created by the Enfield Culture and Arts Commission to advocate for poetry and promote the appreciation of and participation in poetry and literary arts and activities among Enfield Citizens.
Ms. Szewczyk was an adjunct professor of poetry at Asnuntuck Community College where she was also the co-editor of the poetry journal Freshwater.
Her first book of poetry, This Becoming, was published in 2009. She has won multiple awards for her work. Ms. Szewczyk has new books of poetry slated for publication in 2021.
Culture and Arts Commission Chair, Emily McIntosh stated, “The Commission is very excited with the selection of Elizabeth. She will do a great job of promoting the appreciation of poetry by participating in events around town.”
At the Council meeting where Ms. Szewczyk was introduced, Bill Kiner, Council Liaison to the Enfield Culture and Arts Commission said, “I know you’ll use your talents to spread the joy and appreciation of poetry to our townspeople.”
The Poet Laureate will serve for a two-year term, which is renewable through the application process.
At the Council meeting, Mayor Mike Ludwick, congratulated Ms. Szewczyk, “This is great news, you’re the first, so you’ll have to blaze the trail.”
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