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Meeting Date: November 12, 2002

Subject/Title: Approve Arts Commission recommendation for selection of Poet Laureate

Prepared by: Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks & Recreation
Sue Barry, Recreation Services Supervisor

Approved by: John E. Stevenson, City Manager

Approve appointment of Mary Jane Barnes-Lawson as the City of Brentwood Poet Laureate for a two-year term beginning on January 1, 2003 and ending December 31, 2004.

On October 8, 2002, the City Council approved the establishment of a Poet Laureate for the City of Brentwood on the recommendation of the Brentwood Arts Commission to continue to advocate for the appreciation and advancement of arts, particularly poetry. 

On October 23, 2002, the City of Brentwood Arts Commission unanimously approved the recommendation of Mary Jane Barnes-Lawson as the first Poet Laureate for the City of Brentwood pending final approval from City Council. Staff has attached background information and original works of the poet. With approval of this selection, the Arts Commission will invite Mrs. Barnes-Lawson to the City Council meeting of November 26, 2002 to be officially appointed.

The position is voluntary and would have no fiscal impact. 

Poet Laureate Application
Published works by Mary Jane Barnes-Lawson
Information about Mary Jane Barnes-Lawson’s Writing Career
Duties Description

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