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

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Laura Spencer
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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.

Kansas City is known for its style of jazz, influenced by the blues, as the home of Walt Disney’s first animation studio and the headquarters of Hallmark Cards. As one of KCUR’s arts reporters, I want people here to know a wide range of arts and culture stories from across the metropolitan area. I take listeners behind the scenes and introduce them to emerging artists and organizations, as well as keep up with established institutions. Send me an email at lauras@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @lauraspencer.
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