July 26, 2023
Congratulations to Laura Da’, public school teacher and poet laureate of Redmond, Washington! She is one of 23 poets laureate in the United States to receive $50,000 as Poet Laureate Fellow in The Academy of American Poets. Da’ is author of Instruments of the True Measure and Tributaries.
According to The Academy of American Poets, funding will enable Da’ to “produce a poetic map and walking installation of the Lake Sammamish ecosystem. The project will include an online, interactive brochure that encourages participants to learn more about the history of Lake Sammamish, a poetry walk installed at the sites of Idylwood Creek and Idylwood Park on the shores of Lake Sammamish, and a permanent installation of selected prompts.”
“The Academy of American Poets celebrates the unique position poets laureate occupy at state and local levels, elevating the possibilities poetry can bring to community conversations and reminding us that our national spirit can be nourished by the power of the written and spoken word,” said Ricardo Maldonado, president and executive director of the Academy.
Congratulations again, Laura!