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On top of referring to herself as “future poet laureate,” Gonzalez included the line, “like I said, amazing poetry.” That was referring to her own, six-line work. Talk about brass.
After nearly three years as the city of Aurora’s first official master of verse, Jovan Mays is soon headed for different, lyrical pastures. Mays, who was tabbed to become the city’s first-ever poet laureate in 2014, will end his tenure as official city ambassador of verse in January.
Mays will be leading several free workshops at distinctive Aurora destinations on Sunday afternoons throughout April in an effort to honor the national designation and provide a creative spark for budding metro area scribes
“People who live here are from about 140 different countries. I tell people about Aurora and their jaw drops,” Mayor Steve Hogan said.
Aurora’s first and only poet laureate will continue to act as the city’s volunteer literary liaison next year, albeit to the chagrin of some city council members.
Real life ain’t no Hallmark card, folks. And good poetry makes that point.