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GRPL looking for next Poet Laureate! Here's how you can apply

Applications due January 31
Morning Mix- Poet Laureate
Posted at 11:17 AM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 11:17:07-05

The Grand Rapids Public Library invites emerging and established poets to apply and become the seventh Poet Laureate of the Greater Grand Rapids Area.

A Poet Laureate must demonstrate a love and commitment to poetry. The ideal candidate must be passionate about being an ambassador of poetry and has a passion to engage with the community via projects and programs.

Applicants must be a resident of Kent County, and send in the following with their application:

  • Cover letter with contact information, including email and phone.
  • Resume or CV that includes publication and/or performance credits.
  • Written statement (of no more than 500 words) detailing the types of projects you would like to accomplish, and how.
  • Ten pages of original poetry (published or unpublished) as a sample of work.
  • Names and contact information of two or three individuals who can speak to how you would be successful in the role of Poet Laureate.
  • Applicants may submit links to online readings of their poetry (no more than ten minutes in total).

Submit the following information in PDF format to poetlaureate@grpl.org. Applications are due January 31.

The Poet Laureate selection committee will review all applicants and select a candidate in February, with the term beginning in April.

For more information, visit grpl.org/poetlaureate.