Boston’s New Poet Laureate

New Boston mayor, Marty Walsh, has stated that one of his goals as a leader of this city is to expand its advocacy for the arts. At a cultural Q&A session at the Paramount Center on Monday night, Boston’s Chief of Arts and Culture, Julie Burros, indicated that he was doing just that when she announced the name of Boston’s new poet laureate – Lesley University English professor, Danielle Legros Georges. Georges is committed to promoting the spoken word as an accessible art form; thus, she has presented her poems in local festivals and bookstores for years. She is a Haitian-American poet, whose work highlights her social conscience and reflects her belief that we should explore our culture and the issues we face as members of a cultural community. She states that

America is best when it recognizes its inherent plurality. Americans are best when, embracing plurality, we move toward and seek to understand those around us. Americans are best when we are engaged and dialogic. Not presuming sameness paradoxically allows us to arrive at shared qualities.

Here is Danielle Legros Georges reciting her work at the 2011 Mass Poetry Festival. This particular piece was written in response to the 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti.