Clark County Poet Laureate, Vogue Robinson, hosts Southwest Laureates on Thursday, January 4 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at Left of Center Gallery, located at 2207 W. Gowan Road in North Las Vegas. This free, public event features poetry readings and a discussion about what it means to be a Poet Laureate from Manuel Gonzalez (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Deborah DEEP Mouton (Houston, Texas), Lindsay Wilson (Reno, Nevada), Rosemarie Jenna Dombrowski (Phoenix, Arizona) and Vogue Robinson. A self-guided tour through Left of Center Gallery precedes the event and light refreshments will be served.
"This event is an opportunity to encourage up-and-coming poets to apply for the position of Poet Laureate and offers insight into the ways we all serve our communities with art," explained Robinson. The role of Poet Laureate surpasses the general definition, "a poet appointed to, or regarded unofficially as holding, an honorary representative position in a particular country, region, or group."
Southwest Laureates represents programs launched within the last 5 years. Baskerville Publishers 2012 publication, "8 Voices, Contemporary Poetry of the American Southwest" recognizes that poetry of the Southwest is not to be lessened by being described as regional, but instead deals with universal themes of all good poetry, while not losing a sense of place.
Funding for this project is provided in part by Poetry Promise, Inc., NV Energy, and a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment of the arts, a federal agency.