In 2015 a group of Lois' friends and admirers began the quest to have Lois appointed MI Poet Laureate by writing to their local representatives.
Lois J. Cross-Hart for MI Poet Laureate Committee
Dear Senator Proos and Representative Pscholka,
As senior members of the Michigan Senate and House and highly respected legislators from southwest Michigan, we are writing to ask for your leadership in appointing Lois J. Cross-Hart of Cassopolis Poet Laureate for the State of Michigan. We are not certain whether this would be an appointment by Governor Snyder, or legislative action signed by the Governor.
Michigan has not had a Poet Laureate since Edgar Guest in the 1950’s, and is one of only six states without the position. We believe it is time to correct this and Lois J. Cross-Hart is a remarkable candidate. Her selection would be an honor for the entire state, especially for southwestern Michigan; and as the first African American, it would have even deeper meaning. She was appointed unanimously as Cass County Poet Laureate by the Cass County Board of Commissioners in 2012, and is wholeheartedly supported by the current Commission.
Lois is a talented, prolific poet. She has written thousands of poems in her career, and has been published in many magazines and other venues. Her book of poetry “The Color of Nether” is enclosed, along with a sampling of her poems that demonstrate a broad, deep range.
A child of Michigan, Lois was born and raised in the Remus/Mecosta County area. Her grandfather came there by covered wagon, and built a school attended by black, white and Indian children. He built a church which still thrives. She learned her love of poetry at his knee, listening to him reading the great masters after Sunday dinner. Lois is multi racial and multi cultural, with deep connection to her Michigan roots. She writes about it eloquently in the Michigan poems included in the sampler.
Her poems have universal appeal and can be understood by everyone. She reads them beautifully, and can write and read in dialect as well. She draws you into the story she is telling and you hate to see it end. After reading her poetry, you will understand what we mean.
Lois moved to Cassopolis to raise her family and was a successful entrepreneur and business owner for many years until retiring in 2013. She has an impeccable reputation and many, many friends and acquaintances who support her nomination as Poet Laureate. Lois will represent Michigan well, bringing great honor to our State and great pride to our county and region.