Milton Poet Laureate sets meeting calendar

Published on July 21, 2017 with 4 Comments

Milton’s new Poet Laureate Marc Livanos has never studied either classic or modern poetry but sees an opportunity to touch the lives of Milton’s students by teaching them the value of prose.

“I began writing poetry 3 years ago,” he said. “I was laid off and couldn’t find another job. I realized I had bad habits, mostly anger. I credit my son’s creative and kind spirit in showing me the need to change those habits.  Writing poetry helped me find perspective.”

Since beginning this journey, Livanos self-published two books, Panhandle Poet – Solitude, 2015 and Panhandle Poet- Second Helpings, 2015 and has published in 8 academic journals: Straylight Magazine, Artifact Noveau, Old Red Kimono, Sheepshead Review, Ship of Fools, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Poets’ Espresso Review and Wordeater 2016-2017, along with numerous literary journals.

His desire as poet laureate, he said, is to benefit students. “My focus is on teenagers by promoting and nurturing poetry. I will open portals at the Milton Library, Milton High School and at the Guy Thompson Community Center. I intend to meet with the high school English department and create a poetry contest with the prize being published in the Blackwater Literary Journal. I will also establish a rapport with the media specialist and guidance counselor. At the community center I intend to lead workshops, open-mic, local author events, presentations and on-the-spot writing contests.”

Livanos said he feels being an advocate for students by promoting their creativity through prose is needed.  “My poetry came naturally. You have to express your feelings. Not being schooled in poetry helps with being the poet laureate. I shows students to look inside and write about it. It makes a good poet,” he said. “Breaking bad habits takes a lot of self exploration. While doing this, you can tell your journey on any topic.”

Livanos will begin his journey as poet laureate on August 1 with his first event at the Guy Thompson Community Center.  Check in with for times.

Poet Laureate Calendar of Events

8/1   Meet Milton’s Poet Laureate

8/8   Poetry Appreciation by Marc Livanos

8/15   Learning to Write Poetry by Dani Martin

8/22   Poetry Doodles and Improvisation

8/29   Learning to Write Free Verse

9/5    Meet local author and screen writer Walter Reynolds

9/12   Poetry in the Digital Age

9/19   Getting Published Tutorial

9/26   Poetry Workshop by Dani Martin

10/3   Poetry Contest on Living in Milton

10/10 Meet Local Author Glenda Frazier

10/17 Panhandle Poet hosts Open Microphone

11/14 Meet Local Author Jane Hutto

11/28 Embracing Poetry by Dani Martin Lecture

12/2   St. Anne’s Episcopal Craft Fair with Local Poets

12/5   The Editor’s Eye by Marc Livanos

12/12 Year End Poetry Contest on Milton’s Values

12/17 Year End Contest Winner Award




















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  1. I am so excited that we have our first Poet Laureate for the City of Milton. Marc Livanos was an excellent choice and will live up to the title. Milton has so much history and I am proud of what Mr. Livanos is doing to help promote poets and local authors. Thank you Mr. Livanos.

  2. I look forward to attending workshops at the Milton Community Center.

    • I look forward to seeing you on Tuesdays between 3:45-5:45PM.

  3. I look forward to attending workshops on poetry at the Milton Community Center.

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