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Posted on: November 27, 2017

Anaheim seeks city’s first poet laureate

Poet Laureate logo for web 11-27-17

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 27, 2017) — Anaheim is seeking its first poet laureate and literary ambassador to help inspire appreciation of poetry and the arts in the city.

The city’s poet laureate will serve as a volunteer for the next two years as part of Anaheim’s efforts to encourage and promote the arts.

Anaheim’s poet laureate will hold free workshops at Anaheim Public Libraries, lead poetry readings at city events and head up community gatherings that promote poetry, literature and the arts.

Anaheim will be the first city in Orange County to have a poet laureate and one of only a handful in California, including Los Angeles, Fresno and Santa Barbara.

A poet laureate serves as the official poet for a city, county, state or nation. The tradition goes back centuries. In America, the precursor to our nation’s poet laureate today dates back to 1937.

To be eligible for consideration as Anaheim’s poet laureate, applicants much be a published poet, a resident of the city for the past five years, be at least 21 years old and be able to give public poetry readings.

Anaheim’s poet laureate will be recommended by a committee that includes representatives of the Anaheim Arts Council, Anaheim Public Library Board and Anaheim’s school districts.

A final appointment will be made by the Anaheim Cultural and Heritage Commission.

The city is looking to have a poet in place by March, just ahead of National Poetry Month in April.

Applications are due by Dec. 15.

You can apply online by visiting Anaheim.net/poet.

For more information on the City of Anaheim, please visit Anaheim.net.

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