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Everest Teacher Named Poet Laureate

Posted on: April 2, 2013

#1We at Everest have always recognized James Tokley’s talent with words. But now it’s official. The Everest English teacher is now Hillsborough County’s poet laureate.

It’s an official title to an unpaid job that he’s been doing for years. His words can be seen etched in stone in front of the Hillsborough County Courthouse and at Chillura Park in downtown Tampa. And he’s written inaugural poems for three Tampa mayors, as well as for former governor Charlie Crist.

Tokley compares being a poet to being a sanitation worker, saying, “We rummage through the garbage of yesterday and look through the wastebaskets of history and we pull out things and write poems about it.”

When he’s not writing poems, Tokley teaches English at Everest University in Brandon.

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