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Poet Laureate Program

About the Program

The City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate Program is a person selected to serve as a public advocate for the appreciation and advancement of the literary arts, particularly poetry in the City of San Ramon.

 The poet selected for the position does not receive compensation, as the post is voluntary. They receive the title of Poet Laureate and will be presented with a certificate recognizing them in their official capacity as Poet Laureate at a City Council meeting.  The Poet Laureate serves a two year term following their appointment to the position.

 The Poet Laureate is called upon to create and read poetry at civic events such as public ceremonies and dedications. He or she serves as a resource and liaison between the City’s Cultural Arts Programs and local literary organizations. He or she acts as a resource on the topic of poetry should the Arts Advisory Committee need that expertise. He or she may also have the opportunity to conduct poetry workshops or staged readings.

 Each candidate for the position of Poet Laureate must:

  • Be a San Ramon resident or work in San Ramon
  • Be Age 18 or older
  • Be the author of published poetry or be willing to publish poetry during their term
  • Be willing to create and read poetry for civic events and dedications
  • Be willing to have their poetry posted on the City Web Site
  • Be willing to share their love of poetry with people of all ages
  • Be ready to serve a two-year term with no compensation
  • Be willing to orient and train the next Poet Laureate
  • Affiliation with literary organizations is preferred but not necessary

 

​Current Poet Laureate, Jenyth Jo Gearhart-Utchen

Poet Laureate

Jenyth has been a San Ramon resident since 1994. During this time  she has seen the community grow and wishes to commemorate the mosaic that is San Ramon's diverse citizenry. She has served as the co-director of the Poetry Out Loud program at Monte Vista High School since 2008 and has coached many students during this time.  She is currently the Poet Laureate of the small community of Serene Lakes in the Sierra Nevada.  Her poetry is commemorative, uplifting at times, and always honest, authentic expression.  As Poet Laureate, her mission is  "Value our Voices," for our core strengths as a community are our diversity and intelligence. Jenyth looks forward to publishing more work in the future as well as expanding the arts community through poetry! 

  


Previous Poet Laureate, Kathy Moore - Term July 2016 - August 2018

Kathy Moore, Poet Laureate
Kathy Moore is honored to be the City of San Ramon’s Poet Laureate for 2012-2018. In this role, in addition to writing poems for civic events, she has written and performed jazz poetry with Lady K and the Kings of Swing and choreographed poetry with the Jumpin’ at the Sun Dance Company. Kathy also teaches poetry writing workshops throughout the greater Bay Area. In addition to her poetry work, she serves as Director of Educational Services for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009.

In addition to holding a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University East Bay, Kathy holds an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from the State University of New York at Albany.

Kathy’s passion is promoting social justice through poetry. Her work has been published in several journals and anthologies including Finding Poetic Justice: How Teacher Inquiry Impacts Elementary Math Instruction, CSUEB Press, 2012; Postcards from the Schoolhouse, NCPEA Publications, 2013; The Exchange, International Reading Association, 2013; Found Poetry Review, 2014; and Digital Paper, 2013, 2015. Kathy blogs at https://eduk8te.wordpress.com/ and her twitter handle is @wordcrazy.

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