The City of Oshkosh is pleased to announce that Tom Cannon is the community's first Poet Laureate.
Tom will serve as the leading voice for poetry in the Oshkosh community promoting poetry through publication, performance, education, workshops, and digital and social media.
The goal of the new initiative is to highlight the importance of literacy, share the values of poetry, spark creativity, and foster artistic expression. Poetry carries us to the frontiers of our imaginations and helps us to articulate a shared vision of the future. It weaves old and new cultures together resulting in one resilient community tapestry.
Tom Cannon has been a resident of Oshkosh since 1991. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a major in English and a minor in writing. In addition, he has earned a teaching certification from UWO.
Tom’s story Part of the Gift was the lead article in the Cup of Comfort For Parents of Children with Autism. His writing has also been included in a number of professional journals.
As a member of the Oshkosh Area Writers Club, Tom has written and critiqued various types of prose. He edited and formatted a book of poetry for his friend Paul Christy. He has been inspired by many local poets in addition to presentations by Wisconsin Poet Laureates Margaret Rozga, Bruce Dethlefsen, Max Garland, Kimberly Blaeser, and Karla Huston.
Tom is eager to bring people together through poetry.
"As the first Poet Laureate of Oshkosh, I am working with a clean slate, he said. "I can forge a place in Oshkosh to make poetry accessible for everyone. I really hope to share how writing a poem feels good, but spending time reworking a poem is ten-fold more rewarding.”
Meet Tom Cannon
The public is invited to meet Tom during a Zoom reception.
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In addition to celebrating this new endevour, City of Oshkosh Mayor, Lori Palmeri, and State Poet Laureate, Dasha Kelly Hamilton, will offer brief remarks.