It is our distinct pleasure and honor to announce the naming of the new:
DOWNTOWN LA LIFE POET LAUREATE
The New Poet Laureate 2009 is Richard McDowell.
Our Selection Board was very impressed with the community support for Richard and the many e-mails that were sent on his behalf.
Richard's poetry is, simply said, excellent.
Richard's term starts January, 2009. We look forward to many events and readings. You will be able to read monthly selections from Richard's works on the website: http://downtownlalife.com in Poetry Connection.
We are very pleased.
Warmest regards New Downtown,
Christian Martinez (Publisher), Gloria Staunton (Director), Wendy Arimah (Poet Laureate 2008), Monica Mendez (Poetry Connection)