It is amazing that so many different organizations and people have come together to provide support for poetry in Clark County. We cannot even begin to thank those who have made this project possible before first thanking those who helped to create the position of Poet Laureate for the county: Leah Jackson, owner of Niche, who opened her doors to poetry readings and started the momentum for a county Poet Laureate by naming Christopher Luna the Poet Laureate of Niche, the Arts of Clark County, particularly former Board members Laurel Whitehurst and Elizabeth Madrigal, who wrote up the necessary proposal to the county; the Clark County Arts Commission and the County Commissioners, who all pushed for and approved the plan.
Once the Poet Laureate was established and selected for the first 2-year term, it made sense to continue the push to promote poetry in the county by developing activities and events that would build its presence and support our Poet Laureate’s vision. A generous grant from Humanities Washington provided the funding for us to host the readings, lectures, workshops, visits to schools, and other plans we have devised. A donation from the Arts of Clark County and in-kind support from the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Camas Public Library, and Washington State University Vancouver have also made it possible to offer such a wide variety of events for many different audiences.
The “Enriching Lives” Team thanks all of these organizations and groups.