Ohio’s first official poet laureate is a nuclear radiologist.
Writing, though, was Amit Majmudar’s first love.
Gov. John Kasich selected Majmudar for the honor, which was announced on Thursday.
“I was a literature person for years before I became a doctor,” said Majmudar, who lives in Dublin with his wife and three children. “Medicine is my work, but I don’t regard writing as work. I regard it as play. It’s how I relax and unwind.”
The Ohio Arts Council received about 50 applications for the position, which was created in 2014 through legislation. A committee narrowed the applicants to four finalists, which were presented in October to Kasich.
“Our first poet laureate will bring a unique perspective to this new role,” the governor said in a statement, “and is a powerful example to our young people that regardless of what career path they choose to pursue, they can always tap into their other passions.”