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Bucks County Has a New Poet Laureate

Alexa Gutter, an English teacher at New Hope-Solebury High School, has been named the newest Bucks County Poet Laureate.

Alexa Gutter of Lower Makefield has been named the newest Bucks County Poet Laureate, Bucks County Community College has announced.  

According to her bio, Gutter was born in Princeton, N.J. and is an English teacher and a part-time actor.

Gutter was selected from 78 entries in the 37th annual Bucks County Poet Laureate contest. She will be honored with a reading and reception on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at the college’s Newtown Campus. She’ll be joined by 2012 poet laureate Lara Adams Gaydos of Chalfont and runners-up Natalie Mera Ford, Tom Mallouk, and Sandra Becker, all of Doylestown.

An English teacher at New Hope-Solebury High School, Gutter graduated from Marymount Manhattan College, where she majored in English and minored in creative writing and education.  While there, she was awarded the Joseph P. Clancy prize for poetry in 2007, and had poems nominated for the Associated Writing Program’s Annual Intro Journal Awards Project. 

“As soon as I could write, I did. I wrote my first poem when I was six years old, and I still have all my high school journals filled with poetry,” Gutter said.

Her poem “To Myself, Age Ten” appeared in the National English Honor Society literary journal in 2008.  

When she moved back to Bucks County in 2010, Gutter soon discovered a community of poets through annual workshops hosted by Bucks County Community College Professor Christopher Bursk.

The reading on Nov. 17 will take place in the Orangery on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown.

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