COLUMBUS – Today Gov. John R. Kasich named Dr. Amit Majmudar of
Dublin, Ohio as Ohio’s first poet laureate. As a poet, Majmudar has
taken a nontraditional path. He is a medical doctor and serves as a
diagnostic and nuclear radiologist in Columbus.
During his two-year term, beginning January 1, 2016, Majmudar
said he intends to bring an interdisciplinary approach to promoting
poetry by establishing a link with the existing, thriving Ohio arts
community. Another important component of his outreach will be engaging
Ohio high school students through a variety of means to encourage the
future of poetry in Ohio.
“Our first poet laureate will bring a unique perspective to
this new role and is a powerful example to our young people that
regardless of what career path they choose to pursue, they always can
tap into their other passions,” said Kasich.
Throughout his medical career, Majmudar has nurtured his writing as a poet, novelist and essayist. He has published two novels, Partitions in 2009 and The Abundance in 2011. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry Magazine, The Antioch Review
and The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-2012. His essays and
literary criticism have appeared in a number of publications as well,
including the New York Times, The Kenyon Review and Poetry Daily. His
next collection of poems, Dothead, will be published in March by Alfred A. Knopf.
Majmudar is a graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Medicine and
received his bachelor’s degree in natural sciences from the University
of Akron. He currently works for Radiology, Inc. in Columbus.
Legislation creating the position of the state’s official poet was passed in 2014.
Majmudar was recommended for the position by the Ohio Poet
Laureate Selection Committee, following an extensive statewide
nomination and review process. Members of the selection committee were:
Ginger Warner, Ohio Arts Council board vice chairman and selection committee chair
Juan Cespedes, Ohio Arts Council board member
Neal Zimmers, Ohio Arts Council board member
Jon D. Holt, Ohio Arts Council board member
Eric H. Kearney, former state senator
Steve Abbot, Ohio Poetry Association member
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