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Robin Coste Lewis named LA poet laureate

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Compton native Robin Coste Lewis is the new poet laureate of Los Angeles.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the two-year appointment Thursday, calling Lewis a fearless writer. The post is intended to promote the city's diverse poetry and literary culture.

"The role of the L.A. Poet Laureate is two-fold: first, to celebrate and curate an ever-widening cross-city appreciation for poetry of all kinds, from all cultures and nations; second, to celebrate the rich and diverse history of Los Angeles poetry," Lewis said in a statement.

Coste Lewis is the author of the collection "Voyage of the Sable Venus," which won the National Book Award for poetry in 2015.

She will receive an annual grant of $10,000 from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

The city's previous poet laureate, Luis Rodriguez, closed out his term at the end of 2016.