Marianne Lyon, music teacher who turned to verse, named Napa County’s poet laureate

Napa Valley Register
By Howard Yune
March 27, 2021

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.

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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