Orlando has appointed the city's first poet laureate


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The city of Orlando now has an official storyteller.

Through a partnership with United Arts of Central Florida and the Orlando-based publisher Burrow Press, the Orlando City Council appointed Susan Lilley as the city's first official poet laureate today.

Lilley will serve as a permanent figure in Orlando's cultural and literary arts community, but her primary goal will be to promote poetry to Orlando residents.

Among being a published poet, Lilly has won the Rita Dove Poetry Award and is a recipient of a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. She is also a teacher at Trinity Prep, an adjunct professor at Rollins College, and has taught at the University of Central Florida.

“We are excited for Susan to use the literary arts to tell our community’s stories,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in a statement.  “There is no doubt that Orlando is a better place to live and work because of our vibrant arts and cultural scene, and the poet laureate will help continue to add to our City’s unique sense of place.”

Expect to see Lilley at city events, where she will present original works of poetry and activities for aspiring poets.