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14
2016

City of San Antonio Announces Jenny Browne as 2016-2018 San Antonio Poet Laureate

Posted 3 years 346 days ago ago by Javier Flores (WHO)

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Javier Flores, Department for Culture & Creative Development
210-207-6960, javier.flores@sanantonio.gov


City of San Antonio Announces Jenny Browne as 2016-2018 San Antonio Poet Laureate

SAN ANTONIO (March 14, 2016) – Mayor Ivy R. Taylor and the City of San Antonio are excited to announce Jenny Browne as San Antonio’s new Poet Laureate. Browne, a local author and educator, will serve as the City’s third Poet Laureate for a two-year term from 2016-2018. Mayor Taylor and the Department for Culture & Creative Development will host a public investiture ceremony at City Council Chambers in the Municipal Plaza Building, 114 W. Commerce, on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. to officially appoint Browne to the position. 

In 2012, San Antonio became the first major city in Texas to recognize and appoint a Poet Laureate. Texas has appointed a state Poet Laureate since 1932, and many cities throughout the United States, including San Francisco, Santa Fe and Denver, have Poet Laureate programs. Browne joins previous San Antonio Poet Laureates Carmen Tafolla (2012-2014) and Laurie Ann Guerrero (2014-2016) in a role that is intended to generate public interest in and preserve the art of poetry, while celebrating the culture and history of San Antonio.

“The position of San Antonio Poet Laureate is an important one, especially as we approach National Poetry Month in April, as it increases the community’s support and appreciation of the literary arts in our city,” said Mayor Taylor. “I congratulate Jenny Browne on her appointment as our next San Antonio Poet Laureate, and look forward to the initiatives she will set forth in her new role.” 

Browne, who “learned to walk on the grounds of Fort Sam Houston,” as she recalls, is a dedicated and accomplished author and educator. For more than 20 years she has brought communities together to strengthen literacy and celebrate literary arts. Browne has worked in local schools, libraries and community centers. She created and designed a K-12 curriculum integrating writing, environmental education and the poetics of place that was piloted in Gulf Coast schools. Browne also founded and directed the Good Samaritan Center’s Literary Arts Program on San Antonio’s Westside.

She is the author of three collections of poems: “At Once,” “The Second Reason,” and “Dear Stranger,” and her work has been published widely in publications including The New York Times, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, PEN Poetry Series, and others. In 2004, she received a prestigious three-year James Michener Fellowship from the University of Texas in Austin, where she received her MFA in Poetry, and in 2007 joined the Department of English at Trinity University where she currently teaches courses in creative writing and environmental studies, as well as co-directs Women and Gender Studies.

Browne will work to develop poetry projects that celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial and participate in community-wide initiatives to promote the literary arts in San Antonio.

"I'm incredibly honored to have the opportunity to serve as San Antonio Poet Laureate," said Browne. "I'm thrilled that this position exists because it suggests that the city values the potential of poetry to expand human understanding and experience. I look forward to finding new ways of enlarging the voice of poetry in San Antonio."

Since 2012, the City of San Antonio’s Department for Culture & Creative Development has supported innovative programs and public events in San Antonio throughout the year and in conjunction with the city’s Poet Laureate, including festivals, workshops, readings and educational programming for students. 

More information on the San Antonio Poet Laureate program is available at www.GetCreativeSanAntonio.com. 

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