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Posted on: November 6, 2019

Be Anaheim's next Poet Laureate

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2019) — Anaheim is seeking its second poet laureate and literary ambassador to help promote poetry and the arts in the city.

We’re seeking a volunteer to serve as poet laureate for two years.

Anaheim’s poet 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 became one of the few cities in Orange County to have a poet laureate when we named Grant Hier as our inaugural poet laureate in 2017.

Hier, a west Anaheim resident with long family ties to our city, shared his love of poetry with Anaheim through public readings, library events, community gatherings and social media.

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 performances.

Anaheim’s poet 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 April, just in time for National Poetry Month.

Applications are due by Nov. 22.

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

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