State Poet in Our Midst

Rick Benjamin, a gifted poet and senior lecturer who has taught in RISD’s Literary Arts + Studies department for over a decade, has been named the State Poet of Rhode Island, according to an announcement released today.

As this photo of Rick with students from Providence’s Central High School indicates, he’s already an active member of the local literary scene who is known for his effective educational outreach efforts.

“My deepest wish during my tenure will be to saturate this small state with poetry – in schools, community and assisted living centers, in places where poetry already has a presence and in some other ones where it is desperately needed,” Rick said in acknowledging the appointment from Governor Lincoln Chafee. “I am delighted to accept this position.”

At RISD, we’re equally delighted with the good news. Congratulations, Rick!

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