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Neillsville Public Library Welcomes Wisconsin Poet Laureatte on Saturday, Final

Friday, June 20th, 2014 -- 12:41 PM

-The Neillsville Public Library will have a special guest on Saturday, June 21st from 10am to 12pm.

Max Garland, Wisconsin?s Poet Laureatte for 2013-2014, is a former rural letter carrier, has won numerous awards and published many different books, poems and more. He currently lives in and teaches creative writing in Eau Claire.

Mr. Garland explained his title of Poet Laureatte.

Mr. Garland said, "The Poet Laureatte position, for a long time in England and this country, there's been a Poet Laureatte and that's usually a position in which someone is chosen by a commission or committee to help encourage the practice of poetry and the reading of poetry and creativity in general. Most states also, at some point, began to chose poet laureattes and, in our state, I believe it was created in 2000."

Mr. Garland talked about what people can expect if they come to the program on Saturday.

"I plan to read some poems, older poems and new poems," said Mr. Garland. "Talk about why I think poetry matters even though there are people that think of it as a rather obscure form of communication and why I think, particularly in a time in which we're fascinated by digital and electronic information and images, why this art form in which you actually try and use the best words, or find the best words, may last more than a moment."

Mr. Garland will be reading selections of poetry this Saturday at the Neillsville Public Library from 10am to 12pm.

Feel free to contact us with questions and/or comments.