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Poet Laureate Application and Nomination Form


  1. 1. Poet Laureate Submissions
  2. 2. Application
  3. 3. Qualifications
  4. 4. Poems
  • Poet Laureate Submissions

    1. Poet Laureate Information

      The City of Modesto is accepting applications and nominations for the Poet Laureate. This is a non-salaried honorary position for the purpose of presenting original poems at various official functions and occasions.

    2. Qualifications

      The Poet Laureate should be: a creator and lover of poetry, a published author, have public speaking ability, and reside in Modesto, California.

    3. Terms Of Office

      The Poet Laureate is selected for a two year period beginning July 1, through June 30 on even years and may serve no more than two (2) consecutive terms (four (4) consecutive years).

    4. Roles and Expectations

      The Poet Laureate is expected to present a poem written especially for the event at a variety of special occasions involving the City of Modesto. Including, but not limited to: Installation of new City Council Members, or Mayor; Sister City receptions; dedications of new City buildings; openings of various cultural events; Civic and Community functions involving City government, as invited; and other events and occasions befitting the Poet Laureate's position. Additionally, present an original open to be included in each Anthology of the Poet's Corner Contest and be an ambassador for the literary arts to the community.