Poet Mimi Herman Selected 2017 Piedmont Laureate

News posted Dec. 14, 2016 - 3:05 pm

Mimi Herman, a Durham-based poet, has been selected as the region's 2017 Piedmont Laureate. During 2017, Ms. Herman will appear at workshops, reading programs and speaking engagements throughout Wake, Durham and Orange counties.

The Piedmont Laureate program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing. Co-sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, the Piedmont Laureate program’s mission is to “promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region.”

The program focuses on a different literary form each year, including poetry, novels, creative non-fiction, drama/screenwriting, children’s literature, short fiction, speculative fiction, and mystery fiction.

As Piedmont Laureate, Ms. Herman will receive an honorarium and serve until Dec. 31, 2017. Her duties will include presenting public readings and workshops, participating at select public functions, and creating at least one original activity to expand appreciation of poetry.

A schedule of the Laureate’s 2017 activities will be posted on the websites of the sponsoring agencies and on the Piedmont Laureate website at Information about the City of Raleigh Arts Commission can be found on the City’s website at

Ms. Herman is director of the United Arts Council Arts Integration Institute, and a teaching artist, writer and editor. Since 1990, she has engaged more than 25,000 students and teachers with writing residencies, as well as designing and providing professional development in arts integration for teaching artists, teachers and administrators throughout the country.

Ms. Herman has taught in the Masters of Education and EdD programs at Lesley University, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She has been an associate editor for Teaching Artist Journal. Ms. Herman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in creative writing from Warren Wilson College.

Her writing has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Crab Orchard Review, The Hollins Critic, Main Street Rag, Prime Number Magazine and other journals. She has performed her poetry and fiction at venues ranging from Why There Are Words in Sausalito, California to Symphony Space and the Civic Center Synagogue in New York City.

With her partner, John Yewell, Ms. Herman offers Writeaways retreats for writers in France, Italy and on the North Carolina coast.

Outside of poetry Ms. Herman does the carpentry and plumbing at her residence. She can milk a cow and a goat, though not at the same time.

The Office of Raleigh Arts supports and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the City’s Public Art and Design Board, and supporting the Pullen and Sertoma arts centers. The Office of Raleigh Arts is part of the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.

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