The Poet Laureate of Ogden serves as the official ambassador of literary culture, using their position as a platform from which to promote the transformative qualities of poetry and the written word through all parts of the community. Ogden City Arts is hoping to raise the community consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry, while supporting literary arts, ephemeral arts, and a vibrant art scene in Ogden City.
The Poet Laureate serves a 2-year term with the option of a second term. They are asked asked to make appearances at public events such as Mayor’s Awards in the Arts, City Council Meetings, ribbon cutting ceremonies, etc. At these events the Poet Laureate performs a reading of their own writings, or of another author/poet that best fits the occasion.
This position requires dedication in promoting literary education in our schools and communities. The Poet Laureate also seeks to bring poetry to the people in Ogden who have limited access or exposure to the literary arts.
Ogden City's current Poet Laureate is Abraham Smith
AbrahamSmith is the author of five poetry collections--Destruction of Man (Third Man Books, 2018); Ashagalomancy (Action Books, 2015); Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer (Action Books, 2014); Hank (Action Books, 2010); and Whim Man Mammon (Action Books, 2007)--and one coauthored fiction collection, Tuskaloosa Kills (Spork Press, 2018). In 2015, he released Hick Poetics (Lost Roads Press), a co-edited anthology of contemporary rural American poetry and related essays. His creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. He lives in Ogden, Utah, where he is Assistant Professor of English at Weber State University.
Below are some informational links you can use to learn more about Abraham and see some examples of his poetry.