Philly's New Poet Laureate

Friday, Jan 31, 2014  |  Updated 12:51 PM EDT
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"Philadelphia Otherly Love"

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June 2010: Frank Sherlock reading from "Over Here"

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Mayor Michael Nutter has named self-taught poet Frank Sherlock as Philadelphia's second-ever poet laureate, calling him one of the city's "most talented homegrown artists."

Sherlock is a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature. His works include "Neighbor Ballads" and "Over Here," and collaborations with CAConrad ("The City Real & Imagined") and Brent Evans ("Ready-to-eat Individual"). Por Aqui, a Spanish-language collection, will be published in Chile later this year.

Sherlock called himself lucky to receive the honor.

"How lucky am I to be a poet in my favorite city in the world," Sherlock said in a statement. "This city raised me, beat the hell out of me a few times, and still reveals the magic of Philadelphia Otherly Love."

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The poet laureate takes part in public poetry and spoken word events and mentors young people.

Nutter named Sonia Sanchez the city's first-ever poet laureate two years ago.

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