Poet Laureate Laura McDermott Matheric

Laura McDermott Matheric is a celebrated poet, educator, and advocate for the arts and education within her community. Her journey into the world of literature and teaching began with the publication of her first poetry collection, Visions on Alligator Alley, in 2015 by Lominy Books. This marked the start of a path filled with accolades and community engagement that continues to define her career.

At the heart of Laura's professional life is her role as a Professor of English at Broward College, where her passion for teaching and her dedication to her students have been recognized with two Endowed Teaching Chair Awards. Her efforts culminated in being honored as the 2022 Distinguished Professor of the Year by the Association of Florida Colleges—a testament to her impact on education in Florida.

Beyond the college classroom, Laura extends her expertise to the wider community, leading writing workshops and literature courses that inspire and engage. Her commitment to fostering a love for literature and writing saw her appointed as the first Poet Laureate of Coconut Creek in 2022. This historic appointment not only celebrates her contributions to poetry but also her role in enriching the cultural landscape of Broward County and beyond.

Laura's academic pursuits are deeply intertwined with her teaching and community work. She is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Higher Educational Leadership and Research Methodology at Florida Atlantic University. Her research focuses on innovational practices in higher education and exploring new avenues to strengthen the relationship between Broward College and the community at large.

On a personal note, Laura's life is enriched by her family. She resides in Coconut Creek, Florida, with her husband Walter and their two daughters, Jordan and Lena. Together, they share a life filled with love, creativity, and a deep commitment to their community.

A resolution appointing Laura McDermott Matheric as the City's first Poet Laureate for a two-year term beginning on September 1, 2022, and ending August 31, 2024.

Writing to Connect us with the Emotions: Poetry of Pathos   

Poetry Workshop Series with Laura McDermott Matheric
Broward College North Campus, 1000 Coconut Creek Boulevard

April 1, 5-6:30 PM, Room 235: Composing from Compassion

Putting words on paper helps you make sense of the world around you, express your deepest emotions, create healthy coping strategies for your deep personal needs, or articulate an overwhelming sense of joy. This session will help you become a more active observer of your life, less a bystander, taking note of everything that comes into your field of vision to gain a compassionate understanding of the world around you.

April 10, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Room 235: Embracing Grief with Gratitude

Poets often must write to process their experiences and feelings. Nothing can erase grief or speed up the process of healing, but writing can keep you aware as you go through it and offer some solace. Whether you are obsessed with the subject of mortality, or only consider it occasionally, or you contemplate the loss of a relationship, grieving can be a source of moving and illuminating poetry.

April 15, 5-6:30 PM - Room 235: Lettering the Love Letter

How do amorous and erotic poems capture what makes a relationship unique while also making our hearts sing? In this workshop, we’ll explore all kinds of love: familial, romantic, passionate, platonic—and discuss how other poets have rendered their thoughts and sentiments. Whether you’re drowning in love or searching for it, come and share your memories and observations about this essential human emotion.

April 24, 6:30 PM - at The World of Brigadeiro, 4241 West Hillsboro, Coconut Creek (Participant Reading)

In this final installment of the workshop series, participants from previous sessions will showcase the work they produced. Guests are asked to arrive between 6:00 and 6:15 PM to make their personal food purchases from the front counter. Readings begin at 6:30 PM.

Poetry in the Parks: Nature of Place

Led by the Poet Laureate Laura McDermott Matheric, these sessions aim to foster a deep connection with our surroundings and inspire creative expression. Laura will guide participants through various writing techniques tailored to capturing the essence of nature and place. This will be preceded by an informative presentation on the wildlife inhabiting our parks, delivered by Sharon Vollmer, Coconut Creek's Urban Forester and Mark Torok, Coconut Creek's Landscape Inspector.  

This poetry workshop series is made possible with support from the Broward County Cultural Division.

Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to showcase their work in a public reading, creating a vibrant exchange of ideas within our community.

May 11th Workshop

12:00-1:30 PM
Cypress Park
Pavilion #2
2465 NW 49th Terrace

June 8th Workshop

12:00-1:30 PM
Sabal Pines Park
Pine Pavilion
5005 NW 39th Avenue

July 20th Reading

12:00-1:30 PM
Rowe Activity Center
900 NW 43rd Avenue
(Participant reading)

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