Utah Poet laureate publishes new collection

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:10 PM


SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Poet Laureate Lance Larsen’s fourth collection of poems, “Genius Loci” ($14), has been published by University of Tampa Press.

Larsen teaches literature and creative writing at Brigham Young University, where he currently serves as associate chairman. In 2012, he was named to a five-year term as Utah Poet Laureate. Larsen grew up in Idaho and Colorado and lived in Chile for two years while serving an LDS mission.

“We’re delighted to announce the publication of Lance’s latest book,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “His poetry is lucid and engaging, accessible yet rich with profound observations.”

Kelly Cherry, author of “The Retreats of Thought: Poems,” said this about Larsen’s latest collection: “Lance Larsen’s fourth collection of poems is as beautifully curated as an art exhibition. Each poem impresses itself on mind and eye and heart like an object brilliantly made and suddenly essential, suddenly necessary. Wry wit, perfectly etched lines, and a talent for finding poems in unexpected places are hallmarks. His is an important, clarifying voice that you don’t want to miss.”

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