Thursday, June 03, 2021

Somerville, Massachusetts Poet Laureate Lloyd Schwartz wins The Academy of American Poets Fellowship

For some years I was advocating for a Somerville Poet Laureate. Finally Harris Gardner, Greg Jenkins  (Somerville Arts Council), and myself came to an agreement at the Sherman Cafe in Union Square. Soon, with the approval of Mayor Curatone,  a poet laureate committee was formed.  Presently our chairwoman is Linda Haviland Conte. Also on board is Hillary Sallick. We are pleased to have selected great poet laureates, including Nicole Terez Dutton, and Gloria Mindock. Now Lloyd Schwartz has brought this honor to Somerville--which will only enrich our arts community...

New York, NY (June 3, 2021)— The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce its 2021 Poets Laureate Fellows. These 23 individuals serve as Poets Laureate of states and cities across the U. S. and will be leading public poetry programs in their respective communities in the year ahead. The Fellows will each receive $50,000 (or $25,000 each in the case of the shared Poet Laureate position in Montana) for a combined total of $1.1 million. In addition, the Academy will provide $100,000+ total to 14 local 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that have agreed to support the Fellows’ proposed projects.

Here is an interview I conducted with Lloyd several years ago...


  1. Congrats Lloyd!

  2. A well-deserved honor for Lloyd. So glad you and Harris started this Doug!

  3. Thank you! And thank you Doug!