Arizona's First Poet Laureate Alberto Rios on His New Title

On August 19, Governor Jan Brewer named writer Alberto Rios the state's first Poet Laureate.

According to the press release from the governor's office, the official purpose of the position is "to commemorate Arizona literary artists whose work and service best represent Arizona's values, independence and unique Western history and culture." The unofficial purpose is to give Arizonans something about their home state to be really, truly proud of.

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Deborah H. Sussman