The City is seeking nominations for its third Poet Laureate. Mary Rudge and Julia Park Tracey served as the first two Poets Laureate.
The Poet Laureate is an honorary title given to a person who has demonstrated excellence in the literary arts. The Poet Laureate will work with cultural, educational and other organizations to encourage the community to express their literary creativity; promote the appreciation and knowledge of poetry among our youth; and to create a community environment in which literary talent can thrive and be encouraged.
It has been my pleasure and honor to be Alameda’s Poet Laureate for the past two and a half years. I was selected by former Mayor Marie Gilmore in 2014 to pick up the mantle for a three-year term after the passing of Alameda’s first Poet Laureate, Mary Rudge.
The city has selected Julia Park Tracey as its Poet Laureate. She will be officially appointed to a two-year term on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the City Council meeting, when she will read a commemorative inaugural poem. The meeting takes place Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.
Discount fair tickets available Sunday
Former Vice-Mayor and honorary member of the Alameda County Fair board of directors “Lil” Arnerich will be in the City Hall parking lot on Oak Street from noon to 2 p.m. this Sunday, June 22, to distribute discount tickets to the Alameda County Fair.
This marks the 14th consecutive year that Arnerich has given away these tickets, which will get holders into the fair at half the price of regular admission tickets.