FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14, 2016
END DATE: December 31, 2017
CONTACT: Margaret DeMott, Director of Artist Services, 919-560-2720,

Mimi Herman Selected as 2017 Piedmont Laureate

(Durham, NC) Mimi Herman, a Durham-based poet, has been selected as the region's 2017 Piedmont Laureate. During 2017, Ms. Herman will appear at workshops, reading programs and speaking engagements throughout Durham, Wake and Orange counties.

The Piedmont Laureate program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing. Co-sponsored by the Durham Arts Council, City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Orange County Arts Commission and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, the Piedmont Laureate program’s mission is to “promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region.” Piedmont Laureate Programs in Durham County are co-sponsored by the Durham County Library.

The program focuses on a different literary form each year, including poetry, novels, creative non-fiction, drama/screenwriting, children’s literature, short fiction, speculative fiction, and mystery fiction.

As Piedmont Laureate, Mimi Herman will receive an honorarium and serve until Dec. 31, 2017. Her duties will include presenting public readings and workshops, participating at select public functions and creating at least one original activity to expand appreciation of poetry.

Mimi Herman is a Durham Arts Council Teaching Artist in the Creative Arts in the Public/Private Schools Program, Director of the United Arts Council Arts Integration Institute, and a teaching artist, writer and editor. Since 1990, she has engaged over 25,000 students and teachers with writing residencies, as well as designing and providing professional development in arts integration for teaching artists, teachers and administrators throughout the country.

She has taught in the Masters of Education and EdD programs at Lesley University, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and has been an associate editor for Teaching Artist Journal. Mimi holds a BA from UNC-CH and an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College.

Her writing has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Crab Orchard Review, The Hollins Critic, Main Street Rag, Prime Number Magazine and other journals. She has performed her poetry and fiction at venues ranging from Why There Are Words in Sausalito, California to Symphony Space and the Civic Center Synagogue in New York City.

With her partner, John Yewell, she offers Writeaways retreats for writers in France, Italy and on the North Carolina coast.

Mimi does her own carpentry and plumbing, and can milk a cow and a goat, though not at the same time.

For more information about the Piedmont Laureate program and schedules of Piedmont Laureate activities visit

"Each Piedmont Laureate is an ambassador not only for the literary community, but for the power of creative writing in our daily life," explained Sherry DeVries, Executive Director of the Durham Arts Council. "We know Mimi's wonderful talents as a teaching artist and we look forward to working with her in the role of Piedmont Laureate."

For more information contact Margaret DeMott, Director of Artist Services, at or 919-560-2720; or call any of the other sponsor agencies of the program.

The Durham Arts Council is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit and local arts agency dedicated to supporting the arts in Durham and the entire Triangle Region in North Carolina and has served the community since 1954. Each year DAC serves over 400,000 visitors and program participants, over 1,000 artists, and more than 60 arts organizations through classes, artist residencies, exhibits, festivals, grants programs, technical support, arts advocacy and information services. By supporting the Durham Arts Council, you help DAC fulfill its mission of promoting excellence in and access to the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the people of our community. For more information call 919.560.ARTS or visit our website at

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