To ring in the new year, the Columbus Citizens Foundation is very proud to have helped initiate and support Governor Andrew Cuomo’s appointment of Professor Joseph Tusiani, a 2008 Columbus Day Honoree, as New York State Poet Laureate Emeritus.
At the announcement on January 8, Governor Cuomo also appointed New York’s 11th State Author, Edmund White, and 11th State Poet, Yusef Komunyakaa. The Poet Laureate Emeritus is a separate and distinct honor bestowed on Tusiani by New York State in recognition of his achievements in American and Italian literature.
Governor Cuomo said, “These talented, inspiring writers have each made remarkable contributions to the literary community in New York. Their work is a tremendous asset to us all and has served as a touchstone for many around the world. I look forward to their literature being shared and enjoyed for generations to come.”
Joseph Tusiani, Professor Emeritus at Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York, said, “I humbly accept this great honor which I consider a public recognition of my lifelong love for poetry, and all that poetry represents in a world beset by mundane cares and alienating forces. I am most grateful.”
Angelo Vivolo, President of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, said, “It is a great honor for the Columbus Citizens Foundation and for the entire Italian-American community that Governor Cuomo and the State of New York recognize the unique distinction of Professor Joseph Tusiani, internationally known as the greatest living modern Latin poet, writer in four languages, translator, scholar and teacher, by bestowing upon him the title of ‘New York State Poet Laureate Emeritus.’”