Students At One Mercer County School Meet State Poet

SPANISHBURG, WV (WOAY) – West Virginia Poet met with students at Spanishburg Elementary School.

Spanishburg Elementary School welcomed Marc Harshman, Poet Laureate of West Virginia, the author read excerpts from his children’s books, shared his poetry and read poetry. He explained that there are three sources of inspiration for writing a story or poem real life, retelling old stories and writing down random thoughts.

“One of the things that I often mentioned in my stories, where do the stories come from? For me, I pointed that it comes in real life, in the case of many authors, but they also come from a healthy dose of imagination. Some of the ideas where they come from, it just hit me over the head and next thing you know I’m writing them down.”

Harshman was named Poet Laureate in 2012 by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. He is the ninth writer to serve in the position since the legislature first established it in 1927.

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