When I was appointed Poet Laureate of Rhode Island in November 2016, I inherited a monthly column space in The Providence Journal. When I took over the space in 2017, I introduced myself to the public on the second Sunday of January. For the rest of the year, however, I chose to showcase other Rhode Island poets by inviting them to guest-write for the second Sunday space. As writers from varied backgrounds and all walks of life, their contributions have been humorous, poignant, thought-provoking and insightful. A single poet's perspective can be valuable, but this broad spectrum of American voices has turned out even richer than I had imagined.
February--Rosalynde Vas Dias
August--Mark Baumer Tribute
September--Mary Kim Arnold
July--Moira Flath--Youth Poetry Ambassador
September--Ken Wagner--RI Commissioner of Education
October--Kiani Pope--Deputy Youth Poetry Ambassador
November--Barbara Polichetti--Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority