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In 1998, Joanne Leva, a member of the Board of Directors of the Indian Valley Arts Foundation (IVA), saw the need for additional cultural opportunities in schools and in the community. The Montgomery County Poet Laureate (MCPL) program was formed to meet these needs. MCPL was modeled after the Bucks County Poet Laureate Program, which was established in the 1970s. Since its inception MCPL has expanded the many programs available to experience and learn about poetry.

The MCPL program promotes a sense of accomplishment and pride among students, artists, and citizens who choose to participate. The program benefits the county by building a long-term infrastructure for literary advancements in our community, in our schools and in our homes.

The MCPL program is part of the IVA, a 501 © (3) organization, dedicated to providing community students with the opportunity to experience the arts, including poetry, prose, dance, drama, music and painting. The MCPL program is run entirely by dedicated volunteers.

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