At the April
1 meeting, the Safety Harbor City Commission appointed Steve Kistulentz as the
City’s second poet laureate replacing the current laureate, Barbara Finkelstein
whose term ended. Staff at the Safety Harbor Public Library
recommended the appointment of Kistulentz after seeking public nominations and
meeting eligibility requirements. His term as poet laureate is three years.
Kistulentz, a resident of
Safety Harbor, is the author of the novel Panorama,
published in 2018 by Little, Brown & Co. He also penned two award-winning
collections of poetry, Little Black Daydream and The Luckless Age, winner of
the Benjamin Saltman Award. He has a BA in English from the College of William
and Mary, an MA from Johns Hopkins University, an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s
Workshop, and a PhD from the Florida State University.
Shorter works have appeared
in journals including The Antioch Review, the Cincinnati Review, Crab Orchard
Review, Mississippi Review, New Letters, Quarterly West, Quarter After Eight,
The Southern Review, and many others. He taught at Johns Hopkins University;
the University of Iowa, where he was the Joseph and Ursil Callan Scholar, and
at Florida State University, where he was an Edward and Marie C. Kingsbury
Fellow for Excellence in Thought. Currently, he directs the graduate creative
writing program at Saint Leo University.
In conjunction with National Poetry Month, the community
is invited to attend the Library’s 10th Annual Poetry Celebration, Thursday,
April 25, 6:00 – 9:00 PM. A Poets’
Mingle begins at 6:00 pm, where guests are invited to relax and enjoy
refreshments while listening to local musician TJ Weger. An open mic session
follows at 6:30 pm with readings from local poets, featured poet Gianna Russo,
and laureate Kistulentz.
The Safety Harbor Public Library is located at 101 2nd Street N.,
Safety Harbor, FL 34695.