CCT: Installation of John Hollander

Installation of John Hollander as State Poet Laureate

{Photo of John Hollander reciting his poetry}

Over one hundred people turned out on March 7 to recognize John Hollander and several dozen talented Connecticut artists at a ceremony held at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven. Hollander, of Woodbridge, was installed as the state’s fourth poet laureate, and 34 Commission on Culture & Tourism artist fellowship recipients were honored.

Jock Reynolds, director of the Yale University Art Gallery opened the program by welcoming the audience to the recently renovated gallery. Anne Noble, deputy counsel at the Governor’s office, read a proclamation from Governor M. Jodi Rell citing John Hollander’s many accomplishments and officially proclaiming him Poet Laureate in the State of Connecticut from 2007 through 2011.

John Hollander opened his keynote address by noting, “The maker of poetry is a maker and lover of language,” and proceeded to examine the origin of the words “laureate” and “poetry.” He paid tribute to Wallace Stevens, whom he termed the “the Poet of Poets in Connecticut,” and referenced Stevens’ poem “Notes to A Supreme Fiction” from which he took the title of his installation speech, “Plainly to Propound.”  Hollander concluded his remarks by reading several of his own poems.

An-Ming Truxes, Arts Division director, then presented grant checks to CCT’s 2007 Artist Fellowship recipients in the categories of choreography, fiction, film/video, music composition, playwriting and poetry. A reception followed the ceremony.