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

Applications due January 31
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  • Ten pages of original poetry (published or unpublished) as a sample of work.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 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.

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