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In 2013, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved the establishment of the post of San Mateo County Poet Laureate to elevate and celebrate the literary arts and their roles in public life. The Poet Laureate serves a two-year term and acts as an ambassador and advocate for poetry, literature and the arts; contributes to San Mateo County’s poetry and literary legacy through public readings and participation in civic events; and leads a community project to make poetry more accessible to people in their everyday lives.

Upon recommendation of the San Mateo County Poet Laureate Advisory Committee, co-chaired by San Mateo County Supervisors Warren Slocum and Carole Groom, the Board of Supervisors appointed Caroline Goodwin as its first Poet Laureate in October 2013. The Poet Laureate program is staffed by the San Mateo County Libraries.

Members of the San Mateo County Poet Laureate Advisory Committee

Warren Slocum
San Mateo County Supervisor, District 4

Carole Groom
San Mateo County Supervisor, District 2

Lisa Rosenberg Consulting
Current San Mateo County Poet Laureate

Caroline Goodwin
Former San Mateo County Poet Laureate

Maryann Derwin
Board Member of the San Mateo County Library JPA Governing Board and Council Member of Portola Valley

Rosemary Ybarra-Garcia
Poet

Robin Rodricks
Chair of the San Mateo County Arts Commission, District 2

Christopher Wachlin
Editor and Publisher of The Stoneslide Corrective and Past President of the San Francisco Peninsula branch of the California Writers Club

Kalamu Chaché
East Palo Alto Poet Laureate

Bonny Zanardi
Visual Arts Columnist, San Mateo County Times and Founding Board Member of City Arts, San Mateo

Kathleen McClung
Poet and Professor at Skyline College

Anne-Marie Despain
Director of Library Services for San Mateo County Libraries

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