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Taken during the 2015 Sidewalk Poetry event, area poet and playwright Rob Hardy was recently selected as the community’s first poet laureate. (Kevin Krein/Northfield News)

The Northfield Public Library and the Arts and Culture Commission recently named area poet Rob Hardy as the community’s first Poet Laureate.

The title is set for a three-year term, and Hardy will serve as a coordinator and creative leader for poetic and literary arts in the community.

A release on the Laureate program states Hardy will be part of an overall effort to advance the visibility, quality, and appreciation of poetic arts in schools, among practicing poets and for public audiences.

The project will build on current efforts to cultivate a poetry-rich community in Northfield.

The selection committee noted Hardy’s substantial record of publication, the critical acclaim for his poetry and his established history of activity in the Northfield literary community.

Hardy said he looks forward to continuing his work to expand the audience for poetry in Northfield, as well as helping new and different poetic voices to be heard.

Arts and Culture Chair Bonnie Jean Flom said she is grateful for the invitation to co-sponsor the program with the library.

“The selection of a Poetry Laureate in Northfield is an appropriate next step for a community that so enthusiastically embraces the literary arts,” Flom said. “We are eager to work with Rob Hardy as he explores new and exciting ways to weave poetry into the fabric of our vibrant arts town.”

Kevin Krein covers arts and entertainment, non-profits, community events and people, and matters relating to Rice County and the surrounding townships for the Northfield News and the Faribault Daily News.

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