Webster University professor appointed as new Missouri poet laureate

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 | 2:23 p.m. CST; updated 3:00 p.m. CST, Wednesday, March 3, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — An English professor at Webster University in St. Louis has been selected as Missouri's new poet laureate.

First lady Georganne Nixon announced the appointment of David Clewell to the honorary position Wednesday during the annual Poetry Out Loud competition in Jefferson City.

Clewell replaces Walter Bargen, whose two-year term as Missouri's first poet laureate ended in January.

Clewell teaches poetry workshops and 19th- and 20th-century literature. He also directs Webster's creative writing program.

His term as poet laureate runs through January 2012.

An example of his work, titled "The Low End of Higher Things," can be read in part here.

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