Jane Ellen Ibur’s long wait to be designated as St. Louis’ official poet will soon be over.
A task force first chose Ibur in December 2016 to replace Michael Castro as the city’s poet laureate. But a conflict within the group delayed a vote by the Board of Aldermen. One member, whose term in the group was in dispute, wanted to nominate longtime St. Louis poet Shirley LeFlore.
A committee that began its work this past summer also chose Ibur for the post. Ibur was happy when she got the call Monday from board President Lewis Reed that she will bcome poet laureate in April. LeFlore will serve until then.
“[I was] relieved, surprised, glad the waiting is over,” Ibur said. “I just want to shake it off at this point and move forward.”