“It is an exceptional honor to be chosen among so many other creative and brilliant poets for the Beat Poet Laureate Award and in my case, for the State of Oregon. Congratulations to all of the poets who have been awarded with this honor and my gratitude to Deborah Tosun Kilday for carrying the torch of the Beats!”
On Saturday September 2, 2023, the National Beat Poetry Foundation, Inc. will be honoring several individuals, at an awards ceremony that will be held in Connecticut, at the Nat’l & Int’l Beat Poetry Festival 2023.
After all the recommendations were made and the votes counted for 2023, these individuals will be added to the long list of Beat Poets Laureates already representing the organization. Our family of Beat Poets Laureate keeps growing each year as we continue to write and carry on the tradition set by the original Beat Generation, but also evolve, to write and reflect the times we live in today with our writing. It is with extreme pride I name this years awardees.
US National Beat Poet Laureate USA (2023-2024) – Rich Ferguson, CA, USA
International Beat Poet Laureate (India) – Lily Swarn, India