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,~pW N p,~ <br />.y.~` <br />to ~ 005 <br />GA <br />DATE: <br />TO: <br />FROM: <br />MEETING DATE: 04/05/10 <br />ITEM NO: >-~ <br />COUNCIL AGENDA REPORT <br />March 30, 2010 <br />MAYOR AND TOWN COUNCIL <br />GREG CARSON, TOWN MANAGER <br />SUBJECT: APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF PARTHENIA M. HICKS AS LOS GATOS <br />POET LAUREATE, TO SERVE FROM APRIL 5, 2010 -APRIL 4, 2012 <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />Approve the appointment of Parthenia M. Hicks as Los Gatos Poet Laureate to serve atwo-year term, <br />from Apri15, 2010 - Apri14, 2012. <br />BACKGROUND: <br />In 2009 the Library Board received a recommendation from the Town Council to begin the process for <br />appointment of a Poet Laureate for the Town of Los Gatos. In January, 2010, the Town Council <br />approved the process for selecting the Poet Laureate. <br />T)T~C",T 1~~T(~N~ <br />A panel composed of the Mayor, two members of the Los Gatos Library Board, the Library Director, <br />and a member of the Arts and Cultural Commission interviewed 10 very talented candidates for the Poet <br />Laureate appointment. All of the candidates fiilfilled the selection .guidelines and met the criteria <br />regarding professional activities and achievements. <br />After deliberation, the panel selected Parthenia M. Hicks as Los Gatos Poet Laureate for 2010-12. Ms. <br />Hicks is a freelance writer and editor whose work has been published in a range of journals and <br />newspapers, and in the literature of several non-profit organizations. She has received three Pushcart <br />Prize nominations, a prestigious American literary prize that honors the best poetry, short fiction and <br />essays published in little magazines and small presses. She is also the recipient of the Villa Montalvo <br />Poetry prize, and most recently received the 2007 Robinson Jeffers Tor House Poetry Prize.. Ms. Hicks <br />is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia. <br />PREPARED BY: PEGGY CONAWAY <br />Library Director <br />Reviewed by: `~~e Assistant Town Manager <br />Clerk Administrator Finance <br />~~ , Ca fa r,. ~w..~ <br />~~,!!! ~ .._~ s <br />Attorney <br />ty Development <br />