In late March, upper school English teacher Jennifer Siraganian was named the next Poet Laureate of Los Gatos. Over her three-year term, her duties will include planning an annual poetry program at the local library, engaging with a local school to promote poetry education and surveying poetry for a collection that will be submitted to the local library archives at the end of her term.
“I am thrilled, flattered and honored to be selected,” Siraganian said. “I’ve been an educator, poet, and literary organizer for almost two decades, so when I saw the opening for Los Gatos Poet Laureate, I knew it was made for me.”
The application process included submitting a selection of her work and a letter of interest as well as reference letters. Upon being named a finalist, she interviewed with the mayor of Los Gatos and members of the city’s Library Board and Arts and Culture Commission. She was voted unanimously to be the city’s Poet Laureate. She was formally inaugurated on April 6 during the Los Gatos Town Council meeting.