St. Augustine accepting applications for poet laureate

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The Nation’s Oldest City is looking for a poet laureate.

The St. Augustine City Commission adopted a resolution June 27 establishing the Poet Laureate Program. The poet laureate serves as a herald for poets and their work, is dedicated to building a literary community through poetry and encourages a love of poetry among people of all ages.

The mission of the poet laureate is to promote the influence of poetry and enrich the lives of citizens by sharing and encouraging the gift of poetry.

Once appointed by the City Commission through the application process, the poet laureate will represent the City of St. Augustine and the art of poetry through outreach related to poetry. The person will participate in at least three selected city-sponsored events, dedications or memorials per year by selecting and presenting original or appropriate works.

The poet laureate will act as a resource for St. Augustine’s poetry and literary activities, lead and participate in National Poetry Month events and activities and will contribute to the creation of a poetic identity for the city.

In order to be considered for the poet laureate, the following requirements must be met:

  • Serve a two-year term
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Reside in the city of St. Augustine, or have connections to the city through family or community involvement
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and passion for poetry
  • Be comfortable with public recitation

The complete poet laureate description and a list of application requirements is available online at citystaug.com/poet and in the city clerk’s office. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 31.

Questions about the application may be directed to the city clerk’s office at 904-825-1007 or at cityclerk@citystaug.com.

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