Rachel – I was wondering when that hailed from. I remembered reading it quite a while ago.
Lady P – Glad you found this useful, because it did entail a bit more work than I usually put into blog posts.
My personal favorite candidate is Irene McKinney – thanks for asking. Not only is she a terrific poet who represents a region that Obama failed to win over, but she has the kind of deep rootedness and place-centric wisdom that we all need to learn from. (Obama himself has spoken somewhat wistfully about this.) Do watch the 3-part interview on YouTube if you get a chance.