Poet Laureate

The City’s Poet Laureate is tasked with raising the status of poetry in the everyday consciousness of Bostonians, acting as an advocate for poetry, language and the arts, and creating a unique artistic legacy through public readings and civic events. The Poet Laureate is a ceremonial appointment, and the chosen poet will be a significant fixture in Boston's cultural and artistic arena. The Poet Laureate may learn, teach, and embody the great literary traditions of Boston, from Amy Lowell to Robert Pinsky.

Danielle Legros Georges (400)

About Danielle Legros Georges

Danielle Legros Georges is a professor in the Creative Arts and Learning Division at Lesley University. Her areas of academic interest include arts and education, contemporary American poetry, African-American poetry, Caribbean literature and studies, and literary translation. A writer and poet, Legros Georges has been widely recognized a variety of recognition for her work with and recent literary awards such as: the 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Poetry; the 2012 Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist in Poetry; Lesley University Faculty Development Grants; and a 2013 Black Metropolis Research Consortium Fellowship/Andrew W. Mellon Grant..

Legros Georges describes her poetry as tackling a wide range of themes and asking philosophical questions that can lead to conversations about larger issues in life. Legros Georges work has been published in a wide variety of publications, including: *Agni, The Boston Globe, Transition, World Literature Today, SpoKe, sx salon, The Caribbean Writer, Callaloo, Ibbetson Street, Salamander, Poeisis, Black Renaissance Noire, Macomere, The American Poetry Review* and others. In 2001, Legros Georges published a collection of poems, entitled *Maroon*.

Legros Georges was born in Haiti and grew up in Boston's Haitian community in Mattapan. She received a B.S. in Communication Studies from Emerson College, and holds an M.F.A. in English and Creative Writing from New York University.

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Poems & Remarks

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Shadow (75)

    "America Without Prefix", Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Remarks

     Monday, January 9, 2015

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  • City Seal (75)

    Praisesong for Boston

    As performed at the State of the City Address, January 13, 2015

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Poem by local poet Daniel Tobin.

News & Press Releases

  • Mayor Walsh Announces Danielle Legros Georges as Poet Laureate

    "Poetry is an art form to be celebrated. It helps us tell our stories and express ourselves," said Mayor Walsh. "I look forward to the work Danielle will do to share her passion and talent for poetry throughout the Boston community."

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