Think you know someone who would be an outstanding Poet Laureate of Oregon? Through January 13, 2018, we're accpting nominations for the next Poet Laureate—the state's ninth—who will begin their two-year term in April 2018.
The role of Poet Laureate is to foster the art of poetry, encourage literacy and learning, address central issues relating to the humanities and heritage, and reflect on public life in Oregon. Poets of all styles and genres will be considered, including spoken work, slam poetry, prose, and cowboy poetry.
"The position of Oregon's poet laureate is rich with experiences of many communities, beautiful landscapes and learning of organizations who serve their mission and region with great energy," says Elizabeth Woody, Oregon's current Poet Laureate.
Nominees for Poet Laureate must have lived in Oregon for at least ten years and currently reside in the state; be publicly recognized as poets and well regarded for excellence in their work; have a significant body of published and/or performed work; and agree to the conditions of their appointment.
The Poet Laureate will provide a minimum of ten public readings/events per year in urban and rural settings across the state that educate community, business, and state leaders about the value and importance of poetry and creative expression. One goal of the Poet Laureate will be to undertake a significant cultural project or projects during their term, such as bringing poetry to people or to a region of the state that might otherwise be underserved in this regard.
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