Youth Poet Laureate
In partnership with the Westwood Public Library's 21st Century Fund and the Westwood Cultural Council, the Town of Westwood is pleased to announce the selection of Westwood's first Youth Poet Laureate.
Meet Lucie Sechler
Lucie, Westwood High School class of 2024, was formally appointed at the May 8 Westwood Select Board meeting by a unanimous vote. A selection committee composed of library director Elizabeth McGovern, Friends of the Library member and poet Karen Michaelson, and Westwood Poet Laureate Lynne Viti reviewed applications of several applicants and interviewed three finalists before formally recommending Lucie to the Select Board. Her term runs for one year, beginning June 1, 2023.
In choosing Lucie, the committee noted the fine quality of her poetry in her submitted writing sample, her well thought out ideas for bringing more poetry to the town-- especially to elementary school students---and the strong support of her references. A member of the WHS chorus, the Cover to Cover Book Club, Model U.N. and WHS theater productions, Lucie is especially interested in working with elementary school age children in poetry workshops and other poetry-centric events. She will also be reading her poetry at important public events in the town, such as Westwood Day in September, and national and local events on holidays, including Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Town Founding Day.
In her application letter, Lucie wrote,
"Growing up in Westwood, I have been fortunate to witness the unifying force of poetry
that lies in the way it highlights the power of small details and fleeting moments. I have been
thinking recently about how small things go a long way to strengthen a community because of
the Public Speaking and Community Action course I just completed at school, and poetry is
the perfect example of this."
Lucie will be working closely with Westwood Poet Laureate Lynne Viti over the next year. Stay tuned for more on upcoming poetry events in town.
Lucie's Christmas December Poem of the Month