Ozarks Chapter Co-Hosts Missouri Poet Laureate, William Trowbridge
Missouri Poet Laureate William Trowbridge reading in Coffee Ethic in downtown Springfield during Wordfest 2013.
On September 28, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. in the Coffee Ethic in downtown Springfield, the Ozarks Chapter for the Missouri Center for the Book (MCBOC) formally declared itself open for business. As the Ozarks Chapter's first official act, the MCBOC director, Dr. Tom Peters, presented Missouri Poet Laureate William Trowbridge with a framed broadside poster of his poem, "Poet's Corner."
Selected Poet Laureate by the state board of the Missouri Center for the Book, Professor Trowbridge was in Springfield as a guest of the MCBOC and the Missouri State University Department of English. His well-attended afternoon reading in the Coffee Ethic was one of several MCBOC-sponsored contributions to WordFest, a series of literary-artistic events held in downtown Springfield during the weekend of September 27-28.
The Broadside poster was one of ten different designs produced by Missouri State University Design students under the supervision of Dr. Eric Pervukhin, MSU professor of Art and Design. Each of the ten designs was printed in special-edition short print runs to commemorate the founding of the Ozarks Chapter. Dr. Carolyn Cardenas, MSU Head of Art and Design, kindly underwrote a portion of the printing costs, while Professor Trowbridge showed his generosity in signing several posters before his public reading.
Joining Dr. Peters in presenting the commemorative poster were fellow MCB board members, Dr. James S. Baumlin and Kim Piddington. Dr. Baumlin is Distinguished Professor of English at Missouri State University. Ms. Piddington is a well-respected literacy advocate and author. Dr. Peters is the Dean of Libraries at Missouri State University.
Wordfest was a community project of the Springfield-Greene County Library District, with grants from the Missouri Humanities Council and the Missouri Literary Festival; additional community partners include Ozarks Public Television and the College of Arts and Letters, Missouri State University.