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Nominations sought for poet and composer laureate

“When Detroit’s longtime Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett died, she was a towering figure, her New York Times obituary was legendary,” Rochelle Riley, director of Detroit’s office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship, told WDET. “And we knew that we would have to have someone in that post because of the rich history of poetic excellence in Detroit.”

Riley says the positions will work like Detroit’s city historian to ensure that people inside and outside of Detroit understand the rich cultural and artistic heritage the city has to offer — and that includes our musical legacy.