The White House has embraced con-artist Kenny Goldsmith. He will lead a “poetry workshop for children” with Mrs. Obama. This should be rich. For years now Goldsmith has been insulting the intelligence of college students, readers of the Harriet blog and Poetry magazine (see here and here), as well as credulous members of what passes for the “avant-garde” in this country. According to his Wikipedia page, Goldsmith’s classes at University of Pennsylvania, Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, involve “appropriation, theft, stealing, plundering and sampling. Cheating, fraud and identity theft are all encouraged.” He ought to fit right into the Washington scene.
Joseph Hutchison, Colorado Poet Laureate 2014-2018, has published 17 books, including a translation of flash fictions by Mexican author Miguel Lupián, and co-edited two anthologies. He lives in the mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado, the city where he was born. He teaches at the University of Denver's University College, where he currently directs two programs: Arts & Culture and Global Affairs.