Alachua County commissioners select first poet laureate

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ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- Alachua County commissioners unanimously voted to name E. Stanley Richardson as its first poet laureate.

His role is to be an ambassador to promote poetry throughout the community.

“I’m overjoyed and honored,” Richardson said.
Richardson has been writing poetry since he was a child and hosted several spoken word events for residents of north central Florida called ARTSPEAKS.

“I’m really happy,” Richardson said. “I want to take the time to thank the Alachua County Commission and specifically commissioner Hutchinson for having the foresight and the wisdom to appoint a person. I think Alachua County is better for having a poet laureate.”

Richardson will share his poetry at county-sponsored events and his next goal is to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the future.

Richardson will be sharing poetry at a memorial service for the victims of lynching in Alachua County on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at 6p.m. at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church located at 630 NW 2nd St. in Gainesville.

The next ARTSPEAKS event will be on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 4 p.m. through 7 p.m. at the Historic Thomas Center located at 302 NE 6th Ave. The event will showcase poetry, spoken, word, and storytelling from high school students across north central Florida.

To participate, email estanrich@artspeaksgnv.org or estanleyrichardson@gmail.com

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