FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, March 13, 2006CONTACT:
Julie Rodriguez, Denver Poet Laureate Project Mgr.
Pauline Herrera, Communications, Cultural Affairs
Mayor Hickenlooper Names Educator Chris Ransick New Denver Poet Laureate
Public reception March 22
(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper and the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Ransick as the new Poet Laureate of Denver. A reception and official ceremony for Mr. Ransick will take place on Wednesday, March 22, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Denver Public Library’s Central Branch, 10 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, in the Vida Ellison Gallery on the 7th Floor. This event is free and open to the public. In addition, Mayor Hickenlooper will announce a new poetry and visual arts initiative through the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs at the gathering.
On his appointment as Denver Poet Laureate, Mr. Ransick stated, “I intend to explore the literary landscape in Denver and bring forward as many voices as I can find. I know there is richness and variety and intensity here. If I can help celebrate that and raise the profile of our literary culture, it will be the best use of what has been entrusted to me.”
Chris Ransick has had a lifelong interest in writing. He earned an undergraduate degree in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and two master’s degrees in English/Creative Writing and Journalism from the University of California-Davis and the University of Montana, respectively. Mr. Ransick is currently a faculty member at Arapahoe Community College, where over the last 16 years he has developed award-winning creative writing and journalism programs. He serves on the board of the Englewood Public Library and the Freedom to Write Committee for PEN USA.
Mr. Ransick’s first book, Never Summer, won a Colorado Book Award in 2003. He also published a collection of short stories in 2005 entitled A Return To Emptiness, which went on to win the Colorado Authors’ League Award for Fiction and was a finalist for a 2005 Colorado Book Award in Fiction.
Mr. Ransick’s work has recently appeared in Pilgrimage, Copper Nickel 3, The Eleventh Muse, Fugue, and The Paterson Literary Review. His stories and poems have been presented on radio and on stage, most recently as part of the program Colorado Homegrown Tales. Mr. Ransick also worked as an assistant to the editors of the definitive anthology, The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology.
The post of Denver Poet Laureate was established on September 10, 2004 with Mayor Hickenlooper’s posthumous appointment of Abelardo “Lalo” Delgado as the City’s first official Poet Laureate. The honorary post is intended to increase the general awareness and appreciation of poetry in Denver, and to provide support to the fields of poetry and literature.
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