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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 2 years ago

Trinity Prep teacher Susan Lilley named Orlando’s poet laureate

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The Winter Park teacher will serve as the city’s “storyteller.”
by: Tim Freed Managing Editor

A Winter Park teacher and published poet has been chosen as the City of Orlando’s official poet laureate.

Susan Lilley, an advanced placement literature and composition teacher at Trinity Preparatory School, is set to be named to the position at the upcoming Orlando City Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 23.

Lilley has also worked as an adjunct professor at Rollins College since 1999, teaching English and introduction to liberal arts.

She’ll be appointed to the position for a term of one year, with annual renewals by Mayor Buddy Dyer of up to three years.

“The purpose of the poet laureate is to promote poetry and the appreciation of poetry among the public and inspire emerging generations of literary artists and readers of literature,” Monday’s agenda item reads. “Orlando's poet laureate is the city's official storyteller, who will reflect the diverse, inclusive spirit of our community.”

Tim Freed is the Managing Editor for the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. He previously spent six years covering the Winter Park/Maitland area and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida....

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