Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett to Visit LDL

Loutit District Library (LDL) and The Bookman, Grand Haven’s independent bookseller, present “An Evening of Poetry and Music featuring Detroit Poet Laureate Dr. Naomi Long Madgett” on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. on LDL’s Upper Level Lobby.

Dr. Madgett will be joined by Detroit poet Sonya Pouncy. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Pianist and vocalist Lamar Willis. Grand Rapids’ Poet Laureate Marcel “Fable the Poet” Price will welcome Dr. Madgett to Grand Haven.

This program is presented free to the public by Loutit Disitrict Library and The Bookman, Grand Haven’s local bookstore.

Naomi Cornelia Long Madgettwas born in Norfolk, Virginia on July 5, 1923, the youngest of three children and only daughter of the Rev. Dr. Clarence Marcellus Long and Maude Hilton Long. Dr. Madgett earned a Master of Arts in English Education from Wayne State University and her Doctorate at Eastern Michigan University. She taught in Detroit Public Schools for 12 years prior to her appointment as Professor of English at Eastern Michigan University, from which she retired in 1984 as Professor of English Emeritus.

In 1972, she established Lotus Press in order to publish the very best up-and-coming poets as well as established and revered voices. As editor of Lotus Press she has published more than 90 collections.

Dr. Madgett, Poet Laureate of the City of Detroit since 2001 and recipient of the 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist Award, is the author of ten books of poetry and two textbooks and editor of two anthologies. Her poems appear in numerous journals and more than 180 anthologies both here and abroad. Several have been set to music and publicly performed.

Among her many honors are an American Book Award, induction into three halls of fame, four honorary degrees, and several lifetime achievement awards. She has recorded some of her poems for inclusion in the collections of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. When William Milliken was elected Governor, and at the request of his wife, Dr. Madgett wrote a poem for his 1975 inauguration and read it there. As Poet Laureate, she read her poem celebrating the tri-centennial of Detroit and watched it sealed in a time capsule Dec. 31, 2001, to be opened in a hundred years.

In 1993, the national Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award was established to recognize and publish an outstanding manuscript by an African American poet. This annual award continues under the sponsorship of Broadside Lotus Press.

For more information, visit the library’s website or call 616-842-5560, ext. 212; or visit The Bookman’s website or call 616-846-3520.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. The LDL serves 35,540 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School District. LDL offers a collection of over 132,552 items and provides educational, informative, cultural, and recreational programs for all ages. LDL is a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative.