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Los Gatos Appoints New Poet Laureate

Erica Goss replaces former town muse Parthenia Hicks, who finished two-year appointment last month.

The Los Gatos Town Council has appointed Erica Goss as the next poet laureate for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2014.

She succeeds former poet laureate Parthenia Hicks.

Goss' appointment was announced last month. She's an award-winning poet with numerous honors who is well connected to the local poetry community through her work with Poetry San Jose. She's committed to connecting the Los Gatos community to the world of poetry, the town said in a press release.

Goss has published a significant body of work in many journals and anthologies, as well as her own book, Poems by Erica Goss, released last year.

Among the many awards Goss has received for her poetry are: finalist in the Fermoy International Poetry Contest; honorable mention is the Passager Poetry Contest; winner in the Many Mountains Moving Poetry Contest; and the Edwin Markham Poetry Award, judged by the Poet Laureate Of California in 2007.

As part of the application process, Goss submitted original poems, Dinner at Manresa and Mt. Hamilton in January.

Goss holds a master of fine arts degree, with a poetry emphasis and a bachelor’s degree in English from San Jose State University.

She is an adjunct professor of humanities and English at DeVry University in San Jose, and has been a poetry teacher and an English instructor at high schools in Saratoga and Cupertino.

Goss will work with the Library Board, the Friends of the Los Gatos Library and town staff to design activities that bring awareness to the Los Gatos community about the world of poetry.

She will also be asked to write original poems for major town events during her tenure.

Peter Cook January 04, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Poet Laureate tell me do What would you do if you lost a shoe Would you fall over in a heap And not utter a peep If you hopped on a piece of dog do?
Parthenia M. Hicks January 04, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Congratulations, Erica! Our town has made a wonderful decision in your selection. Raising the awareness of poetry in Los Gatos has been a great gift to me and I know you will bring our town honor in your new and well-deserved capacity as Poet Laureate.
Erica Goss January 04, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Thank you, Parthenia, and my heartfelt gratitude goes out to the Town of Los Gatos for selecting me as their second Poet Laureate. It is a privilege to live in a town that values the arts. I'm thrilled to be part of it, and look forward to a productive and busy term.
Gina Adams January 04, 2013 at 05:34 PM
This is fantastic news! Erica is a very talented poet, and a warm and enthusiastic person. I look forward to her "reign" as Poet Laureate.
Victoria M. Johnson January 05, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Erica-- Congratulations!! I look forward to hearing your poems for Los Gatos. So pleased you were selected. I know you'll do a fantastic job as the poetry czar. Victoria--
Karen Sanders Noe January 08, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Congratulations Erica! You'll do a great job and we look Forward to hearing from you over the next few years.

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