Arts & Culture

County to name new poet laureate

San Luis Obispo poet, painter and printmaker Marguerite Costigan is stepping into the local literary spotlight.

On Tuesday, Costigan will be publicly proclaimed San Luis Obispo County poet laureate at the county Board of Supervisors meeting. She succeeds Jerry Douglas Smith.

Costigan, who officially begins her two-year term Jan. 1, 2015, will represent the county at events such as the Poetry Out Loud recitation competition. She will also participate in the 31st annual San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival, which runs Nov. 2 through 16 in Atascadero and San Luis Obispo.

The poet laureate program is managed by the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council, Arts Obispo.