LISTEN: Missouri Poet Laureate William Trowbridge's Unofficial Missouri Poem | KCUR

LISTEN: Missouri Poet Laureate William Trowbridge's Unofficial Missouri Poem

Sep 6, 2015

William Trowbridge is the first Missouri poet laureate from the Kansas City area. He lives in Lee's Summit.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

William Trowbridge is Missouri’s third poet laureate. He was appointed to a two-year term, and that was three years ago. But, he says, he continues to serve because he hasn’t been told to stop — yet.

When Trowbridge first took on the role, he was asked to write a poem about Missouri. He didn’t want to write a typical “I love my state poem,” so he came up with something else: "Unofficial Missouri Poem."

Besides his distinguished professor emeritus status at Northwest Missouri State University, Trowbridge teaches in the University of Nebraska low-residency MFA in writing program. 

 

His latest, and tenth, publication is a chapbook illustrated comic-book style. It's due out this spring. Here's a preview: 

All of our WORD readings, including bonus tracks by some readers, are archived on SoundCloud.

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