[From The Sault News]
Voters cast 1,557 ballots to select the Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate 2019-2020.
Marty Achatz was chosen to repeat as U.P. Poet Laureate and will extend his Poet Laureate position to run from 2017-2020. He is the first-time repeat winner as U.P. Poet Laureate.
Achatz teaches at Northern Michigan University. His poetry has appeared in many anthologies and national journals. His collection of poems, The Mysteries of the Rosary, was published by Mayapple Press. His work will soon appear in the anthology “Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice” from MSU Press.
Achatz served as the 2017-1018 Poet Laureate of the Upper Peninsula, and he is a regular performer/contributor on the syndicated radio program The Red Jacket Jamboree, which airs on stations throughout Michigan. Blog address: saintmarty-marty.blogspot.com.
The 2019-2020 U.P. Poet Laureate runner-up was Sally Brunk.
Brunk is a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. She is in the anthologies: “Sharing Our Stories Of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence,” “Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now,” “The Way North: Upper Peninsula New Works,” and “Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.” As runner-up, Brunk will assist Achatz in spreading the word of Upper Peninsula poetry.
Top five finalists in the voting also included Kathleen Heideman, Eric Gadzinski, and Margaret Noodin.
Eric Gadzinski taught for 20 years at LSSU. His poetry has appeared in two chapbooks, “Tattoo” and “Absolutely,” with a third, “Kewadin,” in circulation. His poems are also in anthologies and numerous journals. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he has also been a U.P. Poet Laureate top five finalist previously.
In celebration of his appointment for 2019-2020, Achatz will be appearing at Escanaba Public Library on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Previous winners Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate winners include Russell Thorburn (2013-2014), Andrea Scarpino (2015-2016), and Marty Achatz (2017-2018).