S-1374.1  _______________________________________________





State of Washington      55th Legislature     1997 Regular Session


By Senators Jacobsen, Fraser and Kohl


Read first time 02/11/97.  Referred to Committee on Government Operations.

Recognizing a state poet laureate.

    WHEREAS, The legislature wishes to recognize the value of poetry and the contribution Washington poets make to the culture of our state; and

    WHEREAS, Seattle is known as the poetry-slam capital of North America; and

    WHEREAS, Some of the greatest American poets are residents of Washington;

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, By the Senate of the state of Washington, the House of Representatives concurring, That the governor appoint a Washington poet to serve as the poet laureate of the state of Washington.  The duties of the poet laureate shall be to write poetry and lofty expressions to be read at appropriate state occasions.  The term of the poet laureate shall be two years.

    Before making an appointment under this section, the governor shall confer with a committee consisting of one member appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, one member appointed by the president of the senate, and one member appointed by the governor.  The committee shall recommend to the governor one or more candidates for poet laureate after seeking and considering nominations from poets and writers, poetry critics, professors of English, magazine and literary review editors, state and local arts commission members, and any other persons the committee determines to have exhibited an exceptional knowledge of poetry; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the salary of the poet laureate shall consist of one butt of Washington wine per year donated by representatives of the Washington wine industry.  For the purposes of RCW 66.28.040, the poet laureate shall qualify as a board representative.


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