Congratulations to Jim Ferris for his appointment to the office of Poet Laureate for Lucas County. Ferris’s first book, The Hospital Poems, won the 2004 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and he has since published the chapbook, The Facts of Life, and the book, Slouching Toward Guantanamo. Additionally, he currently serves as chair and professor of disability studies at the University of Toledo. His poetry is very often informed by his mobility impairment which he has had all his life. In addition to his work on the page, Ferris is no stranger to the stage; he is known and celebrated for performances of his poetry and has a doctorate in performance studies.