I celebrate this opportunity with a full heart, and I feel immense gratitude for our unique creative community. I look forward to promoting and showcasing North Carolina artists and writers beyond my tenure as Piedmont Laureate.
From Tamara Kissane, 2020 Piedmont Laureate -
In some ways, my debut as Piedmont Laureate was also my finale. On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, I was formally introduced to the public at the annual State of Arts and Culture event in Raleigh. I spoke briefly about my love for writing, writers, and our community. It was a memorable, joyful experience. It was also my last public in-person event for the year.
As we know, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Triangle area went into lockdown in March. This disrupted all of the live events I had scheduled for the year. My work as Piedmont Laureate had to become completely virtual.
For me, 2020 was about leveraging technology to enable connectedness. (Most of us were forced to become proficient with Zoom.) Over the course of the year, I had the honor of conversing remotely with dozens of amazing local writers, administrators, and creatives, as well as co-producing short original audio fiction written by eleven NC playwrights. Through blog posts, online panels, workshops, interviews, live streams, and podcast interviews, I endeavored to spread encouragement and love for writing.
Despite the challenges of 2020, I am grateful for my experience as Piedmont Laureate. I celebrate this opportunity with a full heart, and I feel immense gratitude for our unique creative community. I look forward to promoting and showcasing North Carolina artists and writers beyond my tenure as Piedmont Laureate. Thank you.
About Piedmont Laureate
The Piedmont Laureate program is co-sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County. Its primary goal is to promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing, enriching the lives of all our citizens.
Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2021 Piedmont Laureate!