by Andrew Crisp
Diane Raptosh is the first official poet laureate for the City of Trees, according to the Boise City Department of Arts and History.
She was selected unanimously by a panel of local writers and poets, according to documents prepared for the Tuesday, Jan. 15 meeting of the Boise City Council. There, DOAH staff will introduce officials to Raptosh and the Boise poet laureate program.
Raptosh is the Eyck-Berringer Endowed Chair in English at the College of Idaho, the author of American Amnesiac and the recipient of numerous honors and awards in poetry.
"Her depth of experience in writing and presenting poetry, her stellar reputation and her compelling vision for the cityʼs first Poet Laureate earned her the coveted position," the document stated.
As part of her position, Raptosh will be paid a $2,000 honorarium, and will write and present three new works on themes related to the city's sesquicentennial celebration, Boise 150. Her first reading will be Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. as part of Placing Boise in the American West at the Boise Centre.