Governor Appoints Lee Herrick as California Poet Laureate

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Gavin Newsom on Nov. 18 appointed Lee Herrick of Fresno as California's poet laureate, making him the first Asian American to hol...

December 28, 2022
5:44 AM

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Gavin Newsom on Nov. 18 appointed Lee Herrick of Fresno as California's poet laureate, making him the first Asian American to hold the title. The role of the California poet laureate is to spread the art of poetry across the state, to inspire an emerging generation of literary artists, and to educate all Californians about the many poets and authors who have influenced California creative literary expression. Lee Herrick 'I am deeply honored, humbled, and excited to be named California Poet Laureate,' said Herrick, who will use his platform called Our California to bring together poetry with a social justice or civic engagement organization in each city that he visits during his term as poet laureate.