Philadelphia poet laureate hosts poetry guests at Writers House

Daily Pennsylvanian
October 1, 2014

Philadelphia poet laureate Frank Sherlock, a frequenter of the Kelly Writers House, returned to campus on Tuesday to host a trio of guest poets from across the country.

Melissa Buzzeo, Samantha Giles and Julie Patton shared samples of their work that ranged from melancholy to hilarious, from painstaking metaphor to playful verbal experimentation.

Philadelphia is one of a few cities nationwide that can claim a poet laureate, though their numbers are growing. Among Sherlock’s other duties are mentoring Philadelphia’s youth poet laureate, Soledad Alfaro-Allah.

In October, he plans to launch a project called Write Your Block, administered with the help of the Free Library of Philadelphia, designed “to encourage people all over the city to map their neighborhoods” through the medium of poetry, he said.

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