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Fresno's New Poet Laureate Wrote Her First Poem At Age 7: It's What She Wants For Other Kids Too

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Laura Tsutsui
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Valley Public Radio
Marisol Baca is Fresno's first female poet laureate. She hopes to spend her two-year term increasing access to poetry for elementary school students.

On Thursday, Fresno State alumna Marisol Baca was named Fresno’s fourth poet laureate. She is the first woman to hold the title. Baca is an English instructor at Fresno City College, and the co-founder of the Women Writers of Color-Central Valley collective. Her debut book, “Tremor,” published last year, won the Three Mile Harbor Press First Book Prize.

 

Listen to the interview above to hear about Baca's plan to expand connections between Fresno's elementary school students and local poets during her two-year term.