SCR 4: Naming the Poet Laureate of Alaska.

00 SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 4                                                                                      
01 Naming the Poet Laureate of Alaska.                                                                                     
02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                               
03  WHEREAS literary expression in the form of poetry is a pursuit that reaches and                                        
04 enriches human beings in all walks of life and circumstances; and                                                       
05  WHEREAS  poets laureate have been recognized by the state since 1963; and                                              
06  WHEREAS  the term of the current Poet Laureate of Alaska,  Joanne Townsend,                                            
07 expired last year; and                                                                                                  
08  WHEREAS the Alaska State Council on the Arts has nominated Thomas Sexton for                                           
09 a two-year term as Poet Laureate of Alaska; and                                                                         
10  WHEREAS  Thomas Sexton was selected unanimously by an Alaska State Council                                             
11 on the Arts committee composed of the Council's Literature Panel and the living Poets                                   
12 Laureate of Alaska; and                                                                                                 
13  WHEREAS Thomas Sexton has a distinguished record as a teacher, poet, and state                                         
14 citizen; and                                                                                                            
01  WHEREAS Thomas Sexton received his Master's Degree from the University of                                              
02 Alaska Fairbanks in 1970, taught for 24 years at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and                                
03 retired last year; and                                                                                                  
04  WHEREAS Thomas Sexton was honored with the title, Emeritus Professor of English,                                       
05 by the University of Alaska Anchorage when he retired; and                                                              
06  WHEREAS Thomas Sexton has written four books of prose and poetry, his poetry has                                       
07 been published widely in journals across the United States and has been included in four                                
08 anthologies, and he has won several awards and honors; and                                                              
09  WHEREAS Thomas Sexton has contributed generously of his time and talents to                                            
10 public service;                                                                                                         
11  BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature names Thomas Sexton the Poet                                          
12 Laureate of Alaska for a term of two years.