Anoka County Library (ACL) is proud to announce and welcome Michael Kleber-Diggs as the new Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate position will provide leadership for a two-year literary arts project that will be part of the ongoing celebration of its 60th Anniversary and remodeled Centennial Library facility. ACL envisions the Poet Laureate as a coordinator and creative leader for poetic and literary arts. The Poet Laureate will be part of an overall effort to advance the visibility, quality, and appreciation of poetic arts in efforts to cultivate a poetry-rich community.
Kleber-Diggs has been cherishing and writing poetry for more than 15 years and is going to share his knowledge to create a setting of joy, engagement, and challenge to encourage others to give poetry a chance.
“We in the metro area have a rich, vibrant, brilliant, and accessible poetry community, and I welcome the opportunity to participate in it,” said Kleber-Diggs.
In this position he is ready to assist ACL in creating engaging poetry events and workshops.
“Libraries offer such an array of services and programs; they’re more than just books,” said ACL Board President, Mark Lenz. “Michael’s passion for poetry and desire to use poetry as a way to further build and enrich our literary community is an exciting addition to our library system.”
The Poet Laureate position is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information on upcoming Poet Laureate-related events and programming, please visit ACL’s website.