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Poet Laureate of Jersey City

I have exciting news! On Monday evening, the City Council of Jersey City passed a resolution naming me Poet Laureate of Jersey City for 2023-2024. This is an incredible honor, and I am eager to use the platform of Poet Laureate to shine a light on the poetry of and within my city, and to inspire people--especially young people--to find their voice through reading and writing poems.

Photograph of the cover of The Jersey Journal from November 28, 2022 with photo of Ann Wallace and headline "NJCU professor likely to become Jersey City's poet laureate tonight" in the upper right corner

My local friends, I invite you to join me in celebration on the evening of Wednesday, December 14 for the Jersey City Arts Awards. It will be a night of food, drink, performances, and festivities. I look forward to sharing a new piece written for the occasion. Early bird ticket pricing ends Wednesday, November 30 (yes, today!), so don't delay.

As I reflect on my role as Poet Laureate, I keep returning to a common thread from my conversations with poets over the spring and summer for Saturday Morning Poetry--about social nature--and impact--of poetry. Althou