Monday, 05 June 2023

NEA Big Read: Poets laureate reading

03.25.2023 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — As the Lake County Library’s 2023 NEA Big Read comes to a close, a poets laureate reading will be offered as the final event to conclude this year’s programming.

The Lakeport Library, located at 1425 N. High St. in Lakeport, invites the public to attend the closing event on Saturday, March 25, from 1 to 2 p.m.

The reading will feature Lake County’s poet laureate for 2020-2024, and Literacy Program coordinator for the Lake County Library, Georgina Marie Guardado, and special guest Lee Herrick, California’s new state poet laureate.

A curated lineup of poets laureate will join Guardado and Herrick, including Ukiah Poets Laureate Emeriti Linda Noel and Jabez Churchill, Alameda Poet Laureate Kimi Sugioka and Kansas State Poet Laureate Emerita Denise Low.

Each poet laureate will share original work and select poems by Natalie Diaz.

This event is hosted by the Lake County Library, and supported by the Friends of the Lake County Library and Lake County Literacy Coalition.

The 2023 NEA Big Read is supported by a number of community and business partners, and supporters, who are also invited to attend to celebrate the program’s successful return for the first time since before the Coronavirus pandemic.

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a partnership with Arts Midwest, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

Since 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 1,700 NEA Big Read programs, providing more than $24 million to organizations nationwide.

In addition, NEA Big Read activities have reached every Congressional district in the country.

According to the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, poetry readership is the highest on record since 2002, with the poetry-reading rate among young adults more than doubling in the last five years.

Visit for more information about the NEA Big Read. Organizations interested in applying for an NEA Big Read grant in the future should visit Arts Midwest’s at for more information.

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