Petersburg has a new Writer Laureate for 2012. The Friends of Petersburg Libraries chose poet Lee Ribich for the honor this month. Ribich also held the title in 2005. The retired English teacher and basketball coach has lived in Petersburg since 1972. Ribich recently published a book of his poetry called “The Lines that Connect Us”. That collection focused on nature and the environment. Ribich says the poems he submitted for the Writer Laureate program are more personal, more intimate. He shared a couple of them with Matt Lichtenstein:

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