City of Cupertino Names First Poet Laureate
David Denny to Expand Cultural Creativity of Community
SEPTEMBER 20 -- CUPERTINO, CA—This evening the City Council of Cupertino unanimously approved the recommendation of the Cupertino Library Commission naming David Denny as the first Poet Laureate of Cupertino. His term will be from October 1st, 2011-September 30th, 2013, a two year period.
David Denny, often spotted composing his poems at Peet’s in Cupertino, is a resident of the City and a professor at DeAnza College in Literature, Introduction to Poetry and many other courses over the past 25 years. He was also a 1985-86 graduate teaching fellow in playwriting and poetry writing at the University of Oregon. David's new book of poems, Plebeian on the Front Porch, is available from Finishing Line Press (www.finishinglinepress.com). The entire collection is about living in Cupertino.
“David Denny is the ideal—the perfect—candidate,” wrote Ken Weisner, chair of the English Department at DeAnza College. “I know I also speak for all his friends and colleagues. David has a depth of talent and an ease, kindness and eloquence in public settings as he advocates the value of literature and poetry in society.”
Last December 2010, the City Council of Cupertino unanimously adopted a resolution put forth by the Library Commission establishing the office of the Cupertino Poet Laureate. Two waves of applications were solicited widely throughout the City’s diverse population. Seven candidates were interviewed by the Poet Laureate Selection Committee. “David was a unanimous choice,” said Ron Miller, chair of the Committee. “He brings the appropriate balance of talent, creativity, and desire to engage and encourage the greater community in all aspects of poetry education and expression.”
“I am humbled and excited about being Cupertino’s inaugural poet laureate,” said Denny. “I hope to set the stage for a vibrant and vital program that appeals to the many and varied segments of our special City.”
During the two years that the Cupertino Poet Laureate will preside there will be personal presentations and hosted educational events. The Laureate will introduce adults and youth to the benefits of personal and community expression which, among other qualities, highlight the benefits of living and working in Cupertino.
“Cupertino is such a vibrant City in all areas,” said mayor Gilbert Wong. We now have the opportunity to enhance our artistic legacy through poetry, as we are doing with other art forms.”
Members of the Cupertino Poet Laureate Selection Committee are: Beverly Lenihan, Eno Schmidt (alternate) from the Cupertino Library Foundation Board; Debbi Vanni of Monta Vista High School, Kathy Stakey from the Friends of the Cupertino Library; Ron Miller and Adrian Kolb from the Library Commission. Questions and comments may be emailed to Poetlaureate@cupertino.org
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Contact: Beverly Lenihan, CFRE