Shelburne’s inaugural poet laureate Rick Bessette

Courtesy photo
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Lara Keenan, Pierson Library Director

As a joint venture of the Shelburne town manager and Pierson Library director, the Shelburne Selectboard adopted a poet laureate program in fall 2015 to support and celebrate poetry and the arts in the community.

Town Manager Joe Colangelo, Pierson Library Director Lara Keenan, and Flying Pig Bookstore co-owner Elizabeth Bluemle reviewed several nominations for Shelburne’s inaugural poet laureate. After careful deliberation, they unanimously agreed to submit to the Selectboard for affirmation longtime resident and local poet Rick Bessette.

Bessette is well known throughout the Shelburne community as “The People’s Poet,” having written the poem engraved in Shelburne’s Veterans Memorial and shared his poetry with the Shelburne Community School, the Waldorf School, the Charlotte-Shelburne Rotary Club, and several retirement and assisted living communities in the area. His published book of poetry, A Vermonter’s Heritage, Listening to the Trees, was published by local Wind Ridge Publishing.

The Poet Laureate Committee is pleased to recommend Rick Bessette as Shelburne’s first poet laureate, confident that his work over his 2-year term will unite the Shelburne community and foster a true sense of community pride.

3 Responses to "Shelburne’s inaugural poet laureate Rick Bessette"

  1. Paula Spadaccini   March 18, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Rick certainly deserves this honor. Not only is he a talented poet, but whenever or wherever you met him he always has a smile and a happy hello.

  2. Irving Rose   March 19, 2016 at 1:32 am

    Congratulations Rick…..well deserved.

  3. Steve & Terry Taylor   April 22, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Congratulations Rick you deserve it. He is a special person with a big heart & always has a kind word to share.


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