Cedar Lake Native Is Now Indiana Poet Laureate
January 9, 2014 — From Indiana Arts Commission
An Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne professor … and a northwest Indiana native … will serve as the Hoosier State’s poet laureate for the next two years.
The Indiana Arts Commission says George Kalamaras… who grew up in Cedar Lake… has been an IPFW professor since 1990.
Kalamaras says he’s thrilled by the appointment, saying he sees poetry as an act of loving service — to people, to animals, the planet, and to the culture at large. “I look forward to serving as Poet Laureate and am grateful beyond words for the faith the Indiana Arts Commission has already shown in me.”
He has published six books of poetry and one of scholarship. Kalamaras also published many articles in scholarly journals and more than 725 poems in anthologies and magazines in the U.S and abroad.
The Indiana Arts Commission conducted a statewide call for nominations that were reviewed by a selection committee comprised of representatives from Indiana’s major universities.
[photo: George Kalamaras and his dog Bootsie, courtesy Mary Ann Cain]