Marie Howe Named New York State Poet
Marie Howe, author of the critically acclaimed poetry collections What the Living Do and The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, among other works, becomes the tenth New York State Poet in a ceremony and reading at the New York State Writers Institute in Albany on September 20, 2012. The announcement was made by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. In her role as State Poet, Howe follows in the footsteps of such distinguished figures as Jean Valentine, Billy Collins, John Ashbery, Audre Lorde, and Howe's mentor, Stanley Kunitz, who once called her poetry "luminous, intense, and eloquent, rooted in an abundant inner life." The New York State Poet is selected for a two-year term by the New York State Writers Institute in recognition of a "substantial body of work of notable literary merit." Notes Donald Faulkner, Director of the Institute, "Seldom have I encountered a poet with such a sense of honesty, intimacy, and candor in her work…Hers is a voice that will continue to grow in its magic and sheer bravery." Hear Marie Howe interviewed on NPR's "Fresh Air."