Retired Highline professor is Auburn’s new poet laureate

Landgraf is an accomplished writer, photographer

There’s a new poet laureate in town.

On Monday, the Auburn City Council named retired Highline College Professor Dr. Susan Landgraf as the City’s 2018-2020 Poet Laureate.

A writer and photographer, Landgraf has published more than 400 poems, essays and articles in more than 150 journals, magazines and newspapers. She is also an instructor for The Writer’s Workshop.

As Poet Laureate, one of Landgraf’s duties is to encourage appreciation of poetry and literary life in the city.

The post recognizes and honors a poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment who is a resident of South King County or North Pierce County and who has been actively engaged in Auburn’ s creative community for at least one year before his or her appointment.

The term of service is three years, beginning in February of 2018. The award is honorific; there is no financial compensation for the position.

In forwarding its recommendation to the council, the Auburn Arts Commission referred to Landgraf as “a very talented, respected and well-published poet with a positive personality and charisma that the Arts Commission feels would represent Auburn well in this honorary role.”

Landgraf follows Marjorie Rommel and Dick Brugger, respectively.