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Learning more about the 2023-24 Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate, Beverly Matherne

Martin Achatz (Left) and Beverly Matherne (Right)
Kurt Hauswirth
Martin Achatz (L), U.P. Poet Laureate Foundation Vice President, and Beverly Matherne (R), 2023-24 U.P. Poet Laureate

An interview with Beverly and former U.P. Poet Laureate Marty Achatz

There's a new Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate: Beverly Matherne.

Along with her new title, Beverly is professor emerita of English at Northern Michigan University, the former director of the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, a poetry editor of Passages North, and an author of poetry books. She's won prizes for her poetry, including the Hackney Literary Award for Poetry.

Beverly plans to visit middle and high school classrooms throughout the Upper Peninsula, where she will promote poetry through interactive lessons and writing activities.

Public Radio 90's Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Beverly, along with the former U.P. Poet Laureate (and current Vice President of the U.P. Poet Laureate Foundation) Marty Achatz:

A conversation with Marty Achatz and Beverly Matherne

Visit uppoetlaureate.org for more information about the foundation and activities.

For more information on this year's U.P. Poet Laureate, visit this link.

Kurt lives in Marquette with his family and can’t imagine living anywhere else. He loves music, games, running, being near water, and a fine cold brew coffee.
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