Gov. Chris Gregoire with Samuel Green

RICHLAND — The state’s first poet laureate, Samuel Green, is making his first official visit to the Tri-Cities on Nov. 6 for the Open Mic Poetry Reading Night at WSU Tri-Cities.
 
The Legislature established the position of poet laureate in 2007 to build awareness and appreciation of poetry across the state. Gov. Chris Gregoire named Green to a two-year term as the inaugural poet laureate.

Green is author of 10 poetry collections, including the newly released book “The Grace of Necessity,” and has spent 30 years as editor of a small press that highlights Washington poets. He lives on Waldron Island in San Juan County.
 
Open Mic Poetry Reading Night is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at WSU Tri-Cities in the East Building Auditorium, 2710 University Drive, Richland. Admission is free and open to the public.
 
Following a reading by Green, the microphone is open to poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to share their poems
 
“We get people whose poems have been published and we get people who just wrote their first poem last week,” said Leonard Orr, WSU Tri-Cities academic director of the College of Liberal Arts, an English professor, and host of the Open Mic events. “Open mics provide a supportive and interested audience.”
 
The next Open Mic Poetry Reading Night is Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the East Building Auditorium. The events are part of the WSU Tri-Cities Fall 2008 Liberal Arts Season.