Katherine Hastings

Katherine Hastings, to be proclaimed Sonoma County’s new poet laureate by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, will be honored at a public reception at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol.

Hastings is the founder of her own WordTemple publishing company, as well as the local poetry reading series and KRCB radio series of the same name.

She also has written two poetry collections, published by Spuyten Duyvil of New York.

During her two-year term as poet laureate, Hastings will work to promote poetry and local poets throughout the county.

Information: www.sebarts.org, 829-4797.