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Past Poets Laureate

Marjorie Rommel (Poet Laureate from 2015-2017)

On January 5, 2015, the City of Auburn Council appointed Marjorie Rommel as Auburn’s new Poet Laureate. A poet laureate is a poet officially appointed and invited to compose poems for City occasions and events. Marjorie Rommel was nominated by Connie Henke, who noted that Rommel has been “writing and publishing poems since she was eight, and writing seriously for more than 50 years.”

Marjorie Rommel is a graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University (2007) with an MFA degree in Creative Writing/Poetry.  She taught at PLU, Highline College, Pierce College and various other venues. Marjorie is one of the three founders of The Northwest Renaissance Poets, a group which presents and provides youth and  senior scholarships to poetry readings, lectures, and workshops and has been dedicated to promoting poetry and writing in the South Puget Sound area since 1965.

List of Published Work and Awards (PDF)

Selected Poems by Marjorie Rommel:

Bear Binge (PDF)
First Sunday in March: Isaac Evans Park (PDF)
Fixing the Footbridge in Dykstra Park (PDF)
Kayak (PDF)
The Dream of Aengus mac Og (PDF)
Think of It (PDF)
Wild Love (PDF)


Richard Brugger (Poet Laureate from 2012-2014)

On January 3, 2012, the City of Auburn Council appointed Auburn's first honorary Poet Laureate, Richard (Dick) Brugger. A poet laureate is a poet officially appointed and is invited to compose poems for City occasions and events. Marjorie Rommel and the Striped Water Poets of Auburn (organization of 36 local poets) submitted the nomination of Dick Brugger as the Poet Laureate, an opportunity "to return poetry, reading, and all the literary arts to greater appreciation in Auburn." The application materials demonstrated Dick Brugger as a "a person of merit who is also an excellent communicator with a command of the craft and the best interests of poetry and the Auburn community at heart."

Dick Dick Brugger, photo by Lela Brugger

A catalyst for good will, Dick Brugger represents the heart of our community in the honorary role of Poet Laureate. His poems are accessible, thought-provoking and often showcase Auburn. He is a published and award-winning poet and has many connections within the community that will help to bring additional awareness and recognition to the literary arts. His dedication to the art of poetry is widely known and respected, and his lifetime of community service is a testament to his concern for the betterment of the City of Auburn.

List of Published Work and Awards (PDF)

Compilation of poems by Dick Brugger (PDF)

Selection of Sample Poetry (All Poems Copyright of Dick Brugger)