The Cupertino Poet Laureate is an honorary, volunteer position sponsored by the City of Cupertino and seated in the Cupertino Library. Sponsors and support network include the Cupertino Library Commission, Friends of the Cupertino Library, and the Cupertino Library Foundation.
The Poet Laureate is a practicing poet with professional recognition and a talent for performance. The Poet Laureate is expected to host public events that promote the literary arts in our community and inspire creativity in all residents. Such events might include poetry contests, writing workshops, lectures, and public readings.
Ann Muto - City of Cupertino Fourth Poet Laureate
Ann Muto comes to this community role with experience as a poet, teacher and avid volunteer. She has a BA in Social Sciences from Berkeley, a Credential in Elementary Education, and a Masters in Administration and Higher Education from San Jose State. Her book, Open Passage, was published by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose in 2010. Ann found insights to her many questions about her family’s history while volunteering at the museum. Her love of nature is reflected in her poetry and her founding and activities of the Point Lobos Docent Poetry Interest Group.
Ann was born in a War Relocation Authority Camp during World War II. After her family’s return to California, they settled in Salinas. She met her husband at Berkeley, and they have one grown daughter. The Santa Clara Valley has been her home since 1970, where she worked in public education for 28 years as a teacher and administrator.