(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island has a new state poet. Dr. Rick Benjamin of Warwick has been selected to replace outgoing state poet Lisa Starr of Block Island, whose 5 year term has expired. Benjamin lectures at Brown, RISD and is on the faculty of Vermont’s Goddard College. He has published two volumes of poetry and has edited several others.
Benjamin says he is honored and humbled to be named poet laureate of Rhode Island. His goal, according to a gubernatorial press release, will be to saturate this small state in poetry.
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