Poet Laureate of Ogden
The Poet Laureate of Ogden serves as the official ambassador of literary culture, using their position as a platform from which to promote the transformative qualities of poetry and the written word through all parts of the community. Ogden City Arts is hoping to raise the community consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry while supporting literary arts, ephemeral arts, and a vibrant art scene in Ogden City.
The Poet Laureate serves a 2-year term with the option of a second term. They are asked to make appearances at public events such as Mayor’s Awards in the Arts, City Council Meetings, ribbon-cutting ceremonies, etc. At these events, the Poet Laureate performs a reading of their own writings, or of another author/poet that best fits the occasion.
This position requires dedication in promoting literary education in our schools and communities. The Poet Laureate also seeks to bring poetry to the people in Ogden who have limited access or exposure to the literary arts.
Ogden City's current Poet Laureate is Angelika Brewer
Angelika Brewer is a writer, an artist and a creativity enthusiast from Ogden, Utah.
She was taught to read, write and embrace her creativity by her teenage mother and her almost entirely blind grandmother. This everlasting act of love was the foundation for a lifetime of creative pursuits. Angelika poured herself into notebook pages and easels for her entire childhood, promising that one day, she'd build a career out of her big ideas and her drive to bring them to fruition. A gentle push to a microphone from a high school English teacher brought Angelika into the world of Spoken Word Poetry. Along with her existing love of art and literature, an additional passion blossomed for works intended to be heard. She was invited back to her high school after graduation to teach students about Spoken Word Poetry and the power of creativity. She began visiting other schools and public events across Utah, sharing poetry, teaching workshops, and inspiring others to create. She has been a featured speaker at the Utah Conference for Teachers of English, Kiwanis Club, Ogden Pride Festival, PBS Utah, Standard Examiner online, Utah Arts Festival, Ogden Arts Festival, Literary Deathmatch, Concrete Rose, "Write About Now" cypher and many other events. Angelika self-published and self-bound a chapbook titled "I Don't Want to Miss You," and published in the compilation "First Moon Manual," and has over 100 digital publishings. She has coordinated poetry slams, open mics, art shows and mixed arts events in Utah cities. She is a freelance writer of anything that needs to be written, with a special interest in journalism, blog posts, essays and instructional content. Angelika was the 2017 Ogden Pride Poetry Competition winner, a coach for "Ogden Slam Team" in 2017, a judge at the "Poetry Out Loud" state slam in 2019, a 2021 runner-up in the "Utah Arts Festival" team slam with her artist collective "O-Town Dream Team," along with other awards and recognitions.
Angelika Brewer is an informally trained and self-taught writer, with all of her knowledge coming from writing workshops with award winning authors and poets, self-study, live experience and a love of learning. Above all, she is an advocate for the arts, an avid supporter of the creative community, and a proud flaunter of her humongous collection of art, books, and music- all created by local and upcoming artists
Ogden Ar(t)chives Mailbox
The Ogden Ar(t)chives Mailbox is a multi-purpose community project started by the Ogden City Poet Laureate, Angelika Brewer. The community is invited to participate in dropping the first submissions into the mailbox at a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for 6 pm on Friday, February 3, 2023, at the Corner, located at 2501 Washington Blvd. Ogden, Utah.
The mailbox will then be open to the public and used to collect future submissions. Creations on paper or thin two-dimensional works that fit into the submission slot will be accepted. The contents of the mailbox will be a compilation of literary artworks made by the residents and visitors of Ogden City.
“As a writer, I find it interesting how the personal writing of individuals has been a way for historians and researchers to piece together historical timelines and determine facts. Archives of correspondence are often a primary source of information. I thought to myself, what if the public had an opportunity to tell the stories that will be read by historians about their communities?” said Angelika Brewer, Ogden’s Poet Laureate.
How it works: The mailbox is a metal sculpture with obscured measurements created by Daniel Christensen, with added decorative elements done by Angelika Brewer and her father, Troy Brewer. The mailbox is designed to garnish attention and spark the realization that a person can interact with it. The community can open the door and find a compartment with paper and pens for use and an enlarged "mail" slot for accommodating the potential of oversized submissions. The works can be signed or submitted anonymously.
Each week the Ogden Mailbox social media accounts will post one submission from the mailbox. Submissions collected for the year will be compiled into an annual community art show for the public to enjoy before they are archived in the city records at the Union Station.
Be sure to check out the submissions with the social media accounts below.
Instagram - @ogden_mailbox TikTok - @signed.ab Facebook – Ogden Mailbox