Congratulating Mary Kay Rummelby Representative Julia Brownley
Posted on 2014-01-14
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Ms. BROWNLEY of California. Mr. Speaker, today, I rise to recognize
Mary Kay Rummel, a community poet, who was inaugurated on January 10,
2014 as the first Poet Laureate of Ventura County.
Nominated by the Ventura County Arts Council, Mary was ultimately selected as the county's first laureateship for her long and celebrated career as a poet in the region. In conjunction with the title of Poet Laureate, Mary will also serve a two year position as official poet and ambassador to the community, a position that is dedicated to putting a spotlight on poetry and expanding the audiences of the literary arts in the area.
Mary's work has been described as ``luminous meditations on the nature of love in which imagery and the beauty of language shine.'' Her literary work will serve to promote, encourage and inspire community members to develop their own creative interests.
Over the last 35 years, more than 350 of Mary's poems have appeared in national and international literary journals and anthologies. Throughout her career, she has also received over a dozen poetry awards that range from local accolades to multiple nominations for the highly prestigious Pushcart Prize.
Beyond her poetry career, and her duties as a wife, mother of three and a grandmother, [[Page E66]] Mary is vigorously involved in the community, including being an active participant in poetry readings throughout the county. She has collaborated with visual artists, sculptors, musicians and dancers. Additionally, she has been a professor at California State University, Channel Islands since it first opened its doors in 2002.
I am confident that Mary's talents and passion for the art will be reflected positively in her new position. I am pleased to join with the Ventura County Arts Council and the people of Ventura County in congratulating our first Poet Laureate, Mary Kay Rummel.