Chicago makes city history naming first poet laureate
CHICAGO - Chicago officially has its first-ever poet laureate.
On Monday, the city announced that multidisciplinary artist Avery R. Young has been chosen for the new role.
The decision follows a call for nominations in January. Nearly 1,300 were submitted.
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Young will serve a two-year term as the city's ambassador for the literary and creative communities.
The position comes with a $50,000 award to commission new poems and help create public programming for young people and students.