The City of Orlando Is Seeking a Poet Laureate
Orlando, FL – July 12, 2017 – Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has announced that the City of Orlando, through a partnership with United Arts of Central Florida and Orlando-based nonprofit literary publisher Burrow Press, is seeking to appoint the City’s first Poet Laureate. The purpose of the position is to promote poetry and an appreciation of poetry among residents, and to inspire an emerging generation of literary artists and readers of literature.
The Poet Laureate is a ceremonial appointment, and the selected poet will serve as a prominent fixture in the City’s cultural and literary arts communities, presenting original works of poetry at City events and youth activities. The selected poet will be introduced in October during National Arts and Humanities Month.
Starting today through August 7, qualified applicants can submit an application for the position by visiting www.UnitedArts.cc/Poet-Laureate/.
“Orlando is a vibrant, inclusive City with many important stories to tell, and the Poet Laureate will serve as our official storyteller. Arts and culture help create our community’s unique sense of place, and the Poet Laureate appointment will further Orlando’s growth as a cultural hub,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said.
Additionally, as part of the process, a Poet Laureate Selection Committee consisting of poets, scholars and literary experts has been formed to assist in the selection of the Poet Laureate. This committee of seven people includes distinguished representatives of local college/university English departments, literary nonprofit organizations, the Orange County Library System, the Florida Humanities Council and/or accomplished local poets.
The Selection Committee will review all eligible applications based on artistic merit of literary work samples, experience and background. Each nominee must show evidence of achievement in the art of poetry, including substantial publications, and significant recognition or awards. The nominee must also be a resident of Central Florida, at least 21 years of age, not currently enrolled in an academic program, and able and willing to conduct the public engagement duties of the Poet Laureate.
For more information, full requirements, a listing of the Poet Laureate Selection Committee members and the program guidelines, visit www.UnitedArts.cc/Poet-Laureate/