Fulbrighter is New U.S. Poet Laureate
Photo by: Andrew Shurtleff for The New York Times Fulbright alumni Charles Wright, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, was named last week as the new U.S Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress, the New York Times reported. Wright, also a retired professor at the University of Virginia, was a Fulbright scholar in Italy. On finding out he had been awarded the prestigious position, Mr. Wright responded, “I’m very honored and flattered to be picked, but also somewhat confused….I really don’t know what I’m supposed to do,” he continued. “But as soon as I find out, I’ll do it.” The laureate’s post, a one-year appointment often extended for a second year, carries few official duties, though many laureates develop public outreach projects. This article originally posted by the Alliance.