>>Excerpt from Western News

A leading literary advocate has now been charged with carrying the city’s unique artistic legacy forward into the world.

Earlier today, Western professor Tom Cull was named Poet Laureate for the City of London by the London Arts Council. The Poet Laureate is an ambassador for London’s arts community on local, provincial and national levels.

Cull, an American Studies and Writing Studies professor, was born and raised in rural Southwestern Ontario. He is a poet, community organizer and active participant in the city’s arts scene. As a poet, Cull strives to write poems that are accessible, open to diverse groups and engaged with the socio-political-environmental realities of our world. His poems comprise a wide variety of poetic forms, from traditional lyric to spoken word to experimental language.

“Tom has served London as a dedicated professional in his field for various literary organizations and initiatives,” said Andrea Halwa, London Arts Council Executive Director. “We are delighted to be working with Tom and look forward to supporting him in his new role.”

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