BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s new poet laureate is a Jamaica Plain resident who co-founded a poetry slam venue in Roxbury.
Mayor Marty Walsh announced Monday that Porsha Olayiwola will formally begin her role on Jan. 1.
Olayiwola is the artistic director of MassLEAP, a nonprofit organization that serves young artists. She also co-founded The House Slam, which offers poetry slams and open mic events.
Olayiwola says in a statement that she’s “eager and humbled” to serve in the role. She says she wants to establish a youth poet laureate program, among other things.
Poet laureates serve four-year terms. They attended public readings, poetry events and other functions to help promote the literary arts in the city.
(Copyright (c) 2019 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)