Lake County Library System’s Poet Laureate Program
Lake County's first poet laureate
Name: Laura Sobbott Ross
Term: 2018 - 2020
City: Mount Dora
Event calendar: http://mylakelibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar?
After a county-wide search for a local, experienced poet, a small panel of Lake County Library System employees chose Laura Sobbott Ross to serve as the county’s first poet laureate. Laura started her tenure in in July 2018 and will serve until April 2020.
Sobbott Ross is a widely-published, award-winning poet whose work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals. In addition to four Pushcart Prize nominations, she was a finalist for the Art & Letters Poetry Prize and won the Southern Humanities Auburn Witness Poetry Prize. She has published three books, “A Tiny Hunger” and “My Mississippi,” and “The Graffiti of Pompeii.” Upon her poet laureate nomination, Laura wrote a piece titled, “The Writing Lesson.” The poem reflects her strong affinity for the Lake County community.
“Poetry chose me. My goal is to get it out there, make it accessible and enjoyable,” Sobbott Ross said. “Lake County is artistic. It’s time we uncovered the raw, untapped potential of the people in our community.”
Sobbott Ross is also a state-certified English teacher and trained writing coach. Much of her career was spent teaching children in the Lake County Schools system. She currently teaches English to ESOL adults and GED prep at Lake Technical College and has experience working with students ages 5 to 91.
Laura has hosted several events with hundreds of people in attendance during her tenure. Some of her most recent events include serving as a judge at the 2019 Warner Brown Poetry Contest (Poetry in the Garden) at the W.T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora; hosting a special open mic session at the Leesburg Public Library; and engaging the community in an author meet & greet during Bookfest at the Marianne Beck Memorial Library in Howey-in-the-Hills. Check our library system's calendar for more poetry events.
Lake County will search for a new poet laureate in April 2020 as part of National Poetry Month. Check our library website for details during that month.
Nominees must be at least 18 years old, a published poet through any media outlet, a resident of Lake County with a valid Lake County Library System card, and pass a background check paid for and administered by Lake County. If chosen, he or she will serve a two-year term hosting poetry readings for children, teens and adults; directing poetry workshops; and must write a minimum of one poem specifically about Lake County.
For more information, contact:
Scott N. Amey
Library Assistant II
East Lake County Library