Poet Laureate

The City of Moscow Poet Laureate serves a 3-year term and helps to:

  • Expand literacy and community awareness
  • Honor the many writers in our community
  • Build upon the correlation between civic life and creativity of local artists

Upcoming appearances:

April Poetry Relay

Calling all poetry lovers! Don’t miss the April Poetry Relay, the City of Moscow’s celebration of National Poetry Month. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 16 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers inside the Moscow City Hall.

The Relay will begin with a reading by Susan Hodgin, Moscow Poet Laureate, who will then introduce the next poet. The event will continue in a relay style, one poet introduced after another, leading up to the event closer, Robert Wrigley. 

Featured Relay poets:

  • Susan Hodgin
  • Ron McFarland
  • Daniel Berkner
  • Terri Gaffney
  • Georgia Tiffany
  • Robert Wrigley

Appetizers, dessert, and a no-host bar will be provided by Bloom. The event is open to the public free of charge.

April Poetry Relay Promotion

City of Moscow Poet Laureate Susan Hodgin

Susan Hodgin, a Louisiana native with education degrees from Southeastern Louisiana University, is a retired Idaho educator with 35-plus years of teaching experience. She enjoys the friendship of her husband and their two Newfoundlands, an uppity housecat, and a small urban flock of hens (most of the time).  She spends her other hours feeding and watching songbirds, coaching Poetry Out Loud at Moscow High School, and singing with UI Jazz Choir 1. She became Moscow’s second Poet Laureate this past June and looks forward to serving the Moscow Arts Commission and community through June 2021.

Poetry began for her as a classroom exercise, the writing teacher writing.  From there, she found herself reflecting about what she saw in the natural world, a refreshing contrast to her school desk and computer desk at home.  Her poetry is often prompted by an observation, a curiosity, finding a voice to tell a story.

Image of Susan Hodgin, City of Moscow Poet Laureate