Poet Laureate honors city manager

Published on January 25, 2018 with 2 Comments

Marc Livanos, Milton poet laureate honors City Manager Brian Watkins with a copy of the Blackwater Literary Journal Volume III which is dedicated to the city manager for his help with crafting the role of poet laureate.

Milton’s Poet Laureate Marc Livanos honored Milton City Manager Brian Watkins at the Milton High School Coffee House poetry event Tuesday, January 23rd. Livanos dedicated the Blackwater Literary Journal Volume III to the city manager, stating Watkins “caught his vision of transforming thoughts into poetry,” and made it possible for the poet to reach out to people who are both interested in poetry and need an outlet for their feelings. “He totally understood my mission,” said Livanos.

Several students shared their poetry at the event, including Caitlin Flint, who won 2nd place for her poem “Panic, Panic, Panic, Panic,” and Connor Ardoin for his poem “Last Breath,” both published in the Blackwater Literary Journal, Volume III.

Livanos stated several businesses in the area donated to the Guy Thompson Community Center and received advertisement in the back of the journal.

Livanos holds a poetry class at the Guy Thompson Community Center every Tuesday from 3 until 5 p.m.

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  1. I enjoyed the poetry written by the Milton High School students found in the Blackwater Literary Journal. It was great that Mr. Watkins helps out.

  2. Everyone has great ideas for the City. Mine was to have a Poet Laureate. City Manager Brian Watkins from my first call to him, saw my mission to help teenagers express their thoughts in poetry and also knew how to implement it from providing a weekly meeting room at the Community Center to empowering me to work with the Milton High School students. This is why the Blackwater Literary Journal Issue II is dedicated to Mr. Watkins.

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