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January 28, 2014 > Perez named Poet Laureate

Perez named Poet Laureate

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell

The County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors recently appointed David Perez to the honorary post of Santa Clara County Poet Laureate for a two year term (January 14, 2014 - December 21, 2015).

ÒDavid Perez brings a wealth of creative experience to the post of Poet Laureate,Ó said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith. ÒHe will do a fine job in helping to make poetry accessible to the community.Ó

Perez is a poet, writer and educator. He is a professor of English at Ohlone College and has toured throughout the United States and Canada to give readings and book signings. He is the author of Love in a Time of Robot Apocalypse under Write Bloody Publishing, and his poem Surgir appears on the San Jose Mexican Heritage Plaza FounderÕs Plaque.

ÒIÕd like to express my gratitude to the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors and to Silicon Valley Creates for establishing the position of Poet Laureate. They have opened new opportunities to create and celebrate poetry,Ó said Perez.

Perez began the two-year post in January. He is the third poet laureate to be appointed by the County of Santa Clara. Nils Peterson was the CountyÕs first Poet Laureate (2009-2011), and Sally Ashton served as the second Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County (2011-2013).

Perez holds a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing from Goddard College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz.

To learn more about the Poet Laureate program, go to www.sccgov.org/poetlaureate.

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