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New, Anonymous 'Poe Toaster' Selected to Honor Poet

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - The next "Poe Toaster" in charge of performing a tribute at Edgar Allan Poe's gravesite has been selected.
    
The Maryland Historical Society, Poe Baltimore, and Westminster Burying Grounds decided to hold a contest to select a new Poe Toaster.
    
They accepted proposals for how each candidate would pay tribute to Poe. The winner was selected by a secret ballot.
    
The tradition started after a mysterious visitor would leave three roses and a bottle of cognac at Poe's grave on the night of his birthday. The visitor started the tradition in the 1930s until 2009.
    
The new Poe Toaster will perform a tribute at Poe's gravesite during the writer's birthday in January.
    
The identity of the new Poe Toaster is secret.

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