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City poet laureate Danielle Legros Georges looking forward to duties

Mark Teiwes/Lesley University

The city’s new poet laureate Danielle Legros Georges says it’ll be her job to “raise the status of
poetry in the consciousness of Bostonians,” and she’s very much looking forward to the task. “This is a real thrill,” said Georges, who was named this week to succeed Sam Cornish as Boston’s poet laureate. (Cornish had held the post since 2008.) Georges is a professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, where her
focus is contemporary American poetry, African-American poetry, Caribbean literature and studies, literary translation, and the arts in education. While no stranger to poetry readings, she expects to be doing more now.
“I read often at bookstores and in university settings and conferences,” she told us during a brief conversation between classes Tuesday. “Readings are a really satisfying way to share poetry.” Georges graduated from Emerson College before getting a master’s degree from New York University.