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Birmingham’s Poet Laureate names fellow poets for community reading initiative

Birmingham’s Poet Laureate names fellow poets for community reading initiative

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham Poet Laureate Salaam Green has named two women to serve as community poet fellows.

Karima Moore will be the first Young Poet Fellow and Maati Sanovia will be the first adult Poet Fellow.


The pair will work with two branches of the Birmingham Public Library to facilitate poetry programming to support summer literacy and reading initiatives. Each fellow will receive a $500 honorarium that Create Birmingham will administer.

According to a press release, Moor will work with BPL’s Summer STEAMER Camp, providing elementary school students with an interdisciplinary curriculum to reverse summer learning loss. The camp will take place at BPL’s Central Branch.

The Poet Fellowship Initiative is a partnership between Green, Birmingham Public Libraries and Create Birmingham.