Donate to Kenosha-Racine Poet Laureate Program The Kenosha/Racine Poets Laureate Program, established in 2011, serves to encourage creative expression and literacy in Kenosha and Racine, Wisconsin, while it celebrates the power and beauty of language. Every two years, the Program's committee appoints poets to represent the program in their respective community. The role of the Poet Laureate is to nurture creative expression among their community's residents with the potential benefit of helping them to build self-esteem, improve social skills, increase literacy, process emotions and feelings, discover a new hobby or life path, tell their personal stories, collaborate with others, or achieve a deeper level of understanding about themselves and those around them. For 2013-15, Jean Preston is the Poet Laureate of Kenosha, and Nick Ramsey is the Poet Laureate of Racine. Preston is the Director of the Writing Center and Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Carthage College. Ramsey is the host of Grassroots Wednesday's Open Mic & Artist Showcase at the Racine Arts Council. The program is aligned with the Kenosha Public Library and Racine Public Library, who appoint members of their staff to serve on the program's committee and whose Friends of the Library organizations have provided funding to help to sustain it. Thanks for your support! Please make a contribution through Arts Wisconsin, our fiscal receiver. Other Amount Email Address * Payment Options Payment Method * PayPal Express I will send payment by check or credit card. Checkout with PayPal Click the PayPal button to continue. Checkout securely. Pay without sharing your financial information.