Tara Tamburello, of Langhorne, has been named the 2023 Bucks County Poet Laureate.
A published poet who works in marketing, Tamburello rose to the top of 60 entries in the 47th annual contest, administered by Bucks County Community College and directed by Dr. Ethel Rackin. The contest is sponsored by the Bucks County Commissioners.
Tamburello was raised in Bucks County along the banks of the Neshaminy Creek. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Ghost City Review, Bone Parade, Rust + Moth and other journals, as well as in anthologies by Vestal Review and Sans. PRESS. She is a past winner of the Bucks County Short Fiction Contest and was a runner-up for the poet laureate competition in 2021.
She lives in Langhorne with her husband, two children and cat, and works on the Law School Admission Council’s marketing team. Aside from writing, she enjoys gardening, playing video games and music, hiking and painting. Learn more at taratamburello.com.
The judges this year were Philadelphia poet Courtney Bambrick and Brooklyn poet Joanna Fuhrman. Both judges commented on the strength of this year’s entries.
Tamburello read her poetry last Sunday on the Newtown Campus, along with Bambrick, 2022 Laureate Tom Mallouk and this year’s three runners-up: Lake Angela, Kevin Taylor and Melinda Rizzo.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the Bucks County Poet Laureate program, the longest-running such program in Pennsylvania.