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Sunnysider Named Poet Laureate

July 6, 2010 Staff Report

Paolo S. Javier, a Sunnyside resident, was named the fifth Poet Laureate of Queens last month. His three year appointment was announced at Borough Hall by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and Queens College President James Muyskens.

Queens’ newest poet laureate is an author of two poetry collections and four short books of poetry, as well as being a playwright, film director, college professor, editor and publisher.

A native of the Philippines, Javier moved to New York in 1986 and has been a resident of Sunnyside for more than a decade.

The Queens poet laureate is a three-year, non-salaried appointment. Candidates must have lived in Queens for at least the past two years, had their work published, written poems about the borough and have a clearly articulated vision for serving.

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