Maria Luisa Arroyo Named Poet Laureate of Springfield, Massachusetts

Award-winning multilingual poet Maria Luisa Arroyo (Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras) became Springfield, Massachusetts' poet laureate in September 2014. She is the city’s first Hispanic poet laureate. Upon being honored with the title at a city council meeting, she said, “This honor is for the community, not just for me. I am very proud of being from the North End and attending Springfield public schools and being a Latina getting this recognition.”