Caryn Thurman • May 13th, 2005
The search is over ... California has a new state poet laureate
-- and it's not Gary Coleman!(AP) Screenwriter, poet and novelist Al Young was named Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as California's second poet laureate.
Young, 65, is a two-time recipient of Pushcart Prize for poetry - a national small press award - and a winner of the PEN/Library of Congress Award for short fiction.
Schwarzenegger lauded Young as someone "with a passion for the arts" who would inspire the residents of California. No word yet on if he plans to do anything about the traffic. Read more on Young and the poet laureate position here