Friday, July 3, 2020 9:53 AM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is looking for a new poet laureate. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has launched a search committee to fill the post, which has been vacant since 2017. He says Illinois has been home to talented poets including Carl Sandburg, Gwendolyn Brooks and Sandra Cisneros. Pritzker says he wants to hear from “the next generation of great writers." A poet laureate works to promote the art of poetry, nationally or at the state level. Over a dozen poets, writers and artists have been named to the search committee, which will consider nominations through Aug. 15.