Sunday, February 10, 2013
Lakewood resident Bill Knittel has been the city poetic leader for the past two years.
Are you a poet? Do you know it? Lakewood is looking for nominations for the city’s next Poet Laureate. Lakewood resident Bill Knittel has held the post for the past two years. According to a news release, the Poet Laureate “shall seek to advance awareness of and appreciation for literary arts and humanities within the Lakewood community.” More from the city: “As both a local resident and a distinguished poet, the Poet Laureate shall represent and celebrate the diversity and history of Lakewood. As a spokesperson for the City’s literary community, the Poet Laureate shall endeavor to promote the artistic achievements of the City and shall actively participate in ceremonial, educational and cultural activities in the community at various …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
This was one of the many attractions at Saturday's sixth-annual Light Up Lakewood event.
Bill Knittel performed his original song "Twinkling Lights" on Saturday with the Peddlers of Mirth at the Lakewood Up Lakewood event.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Lakewood resident Bill Knittel was recently renamed the city’s poet laureate.
Lakewood resident Bill Knittel was recently renamed the city’s poet laureate. To thank city council for the reappointment, he stopped by city hall to deliver a message of gratitude. We thought we’d share it with you: Many More Years Again I want to thank you, For this honor you bestow, And just for the title, See, this keeps me on the go; It’s given my life a purpose, It gets me going every day, To appreciate and give thanks, For the words I write and what they say; I thank the good Lord every night, And every morning too, For this special gift He’s given me, And all these words I share with you; I never dreamed when I went to St. Edwards, That someday I’d up living here, In fact, my first poem ever published, Was at St. Eds in my …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Council selects Bill Knittel to continue his honorary post as the city's Poet Laureate.
It looks like Bill Knittel will be Lakewood’s Poet Laureate. Again. Without any new nominations for the honorary post, Lakewood City Council decided Monday to keep Knittel as the city’s poet spokesman. Knittel has appeared at just about every city function throughout 2011 — from the 9/11 memorial dedication ceremony to the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce’s Centennial Gala. Knittel was first given the special distinction by city council last year. “Mr. Knittel has served us well," said council president Mary Louise Madigan. The 72-year-old Lakewood resident said he was "discovered" at the city's Veterans Day event in November 2010 when he recited a touching poem about a local solider who didn't make it home. Afterward, he was approached by …