Liza Wolff-Francis has been selected as Carrboro’s next poet laureate and will begin her term in January, taking over for current Poet Laureate Fred Joiner.
This year, the Carrboro Poets Council, a subcommittee of the Carrboro Arts Committee, unanimously voted for Wolff-Francis.
Every two years, council members lead the application and selection process for the community’s poet laureate.
Upon receiving applications, they narrow down the candidate pool — using interviews when necessary — before sending their nominations to the Carrboro Arts Committee,Gideon Young, a council member, said.
When looking at applications, Young said the council was seeking someone to increase the presence of poetry and someone who either had experience organizing events or a willingness to learn those skills.
“The goal of the poet laureate is really to promote poetry in the community and for someone to be able to spearhead our efforts,” Susan Spalt, a council member, said.
Spalt said for the past several months, Wolff-Francis has pitched many ideas for promoting poetry and has been an active member of the Carrboro Poets Council.
“We are all very happy to have Liza as our poet laureate,” Spalt said. “She is a wonderful poet, and she is also very experienced.”
Members of the council mainly work to organize the West End Poetry Festival and the annual Carrboro Day.