- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio’s first poet laureate says he wants to use the position to re-integrate poetry into community life through collaborations with musicians, actors, dancers and other artists.

Amit (UH’-miht) Majmudar (MAHJ’-muh-dahr) was named to the position Thursday by Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik). He’ll serve two years beginning Jan. 1.

The 36-year-old doctor and radiologist from Dublin in suburban Columbus says he hopes to put his own spin on the position while also performing official duties of the post Ohio created in 2014. Those duties include public poetry readings, educational outreach and judging poetry contests.

Majmudar’s varied poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Review of Books, The Atlantic Monthly and other publications. He’s also a novelist and essayist.

The New York-born Majmudar was raised in Cleveland.

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