More than four decades of teaching music – from Napa and the Midwest to Brussels and Hong Kong – laid the foundation for Marianne Lyon’s later-life entry into the world of poetry. Now the Yountville resident’s passion has culminated with her selection as Napa County’s literary ambassador for the next two years.
Marianne Lyon, music teacher who turned to verse, named Napa County’s poet laureate
Napa Valley Register
By Howard Yune
March 27, 2021
A Montana native who spent her early career teaching choral music at a Minneapolis
Catholic school, Lyon had long incorporated verse into her music lessons, she recalled
Thursday, two days after her appointment by the Napa County Board of Supervisors for
a two-year term as the county’s poet laureate. She replaces Jeremy Benson, a Yountville resident and organic farmer who gave up the position after three years
following a move out of the county, according to the Arts Council Napa Valley website.
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