Author and Tucson resident Rebecca Seiferle was named as the new Tucson poet laureate during a reception led by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild on Thursday, September 27th, 2012.

Seiferle was selected for the role after a process that involved public nominations, followed by a vote from a jury of her peers that included regional writers, members of local literary organizations and community representatives.

The role of the Tucson poet laureate is the promotion of both poetry and literacy for all ages, and to help inspire the next generation of writers. Throughout the two-year term, the appointee will offer public readings, as well as composing new works that observe important historical moments.

“The requirements of the position are numerous," Tucson Pima Arts Council Executive Director Roberto Bedoya said in a press release. "In addition to being a poet of stature, the poet laureate has to be able to work with community and to reflect on the experiences and events that define our diverse lives as Tucsonans.”

Previous Tucson poet laureates were Guggenheim fellow William Pitt Root and author, Tohono O’odham linguist and MacArthur fellow Ofelia Zepeda.