|Photo by Richard Collier, courtesy of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources|
From the Office of Wyoming Governor Matt Mead:
Governor Matt Mead held a news conference Thursday to sign an Executive Order appointing A. Rose Hill of Sheridan as Wyoming’s new Poet Laureate. Mrs. Hill is the seventh Poet Laureate in state history.
Rose at the post-announcement reception
at the Wyoming Arts Council with her
youngest granddaughter, Jenna.
(Photo by Susan Mark)
“Rose is an exceptional writer. She writes poems that remind us how beautiful poetry is and that make us want to hear more. Devoted to her family and community, she has taken time to share her talent in classrooms, public readings and workshops,” said Governor Mead.
Hill graduated from Sheridan High School and Sheridan College with a degree in accounting. Her writing has appeared in Serendipity magazine, in Emerging Voices published by Western Nebraska Community College, and in numerous publications featuring Wyoming poets and writers.
“I am so honored and humbled to be in the company of the tall Poets Laureate who came before me,” said Mrs. Hill. “I want to thank my family for being here with me and supporting me. I’m really looking forward to this!”
“Rose is the third Poet Laureate during my time in office,” continued Mead. “Knowing that Wyoming has many talented poets, I early on decided to give more than one person the opportunity to serve in this important capacity. Rose follows Echo Klaproth and Pat Frolander and I thank all three for giving us the gift of their time and talent.”
Susan chimes in:
Rose has been a writing friend since I first moved to Wyoming more than 20 years ago. She was one of the first people who made me believe I was a writer. She has written poems that touched me so deeply I have cried and poems that have made clear to me the joy inherent in life. She is not only a brilliant poet, but a wonderful, kind and caring woman that it is my privilege to know. She richly deserves this honor.