Monday, August 29, 2016

Olympia Poet Laureate


 Applications Available for Olympia’s First Poet Laureate

The City of Olympia is seeking a Poet Laureate to engage our community in the literary arts. The intent of Olympia’s Poet Laureate designation is to:
·         Promote poetry as an art form
·         Expand access to the literary arts
·         Connect the community to poetry
·         Promote poetry as a community voice that contributes to a sense of place

Applications due Friday, September 30, 2016, 5pm.
·         2 year appointment
·         $1000 stipend per year
·         In coordination with City Arts Program staff, the appointed Poet Laureate will have the flexibility to shape a scope of work that reflects their interests, skills and abilities.
·         Applicant must be a practicing poet, dedicated to producing poetry (in and form, genre or style) on a regular basis.
·         Applicant must be an Olympia resident (within city limits or in the Urban Growth Area) over 18 years of age. A residency verification process will be conducted prior to approval.
Applications available online at A pre-submission workshop will take place Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 7pm, Room 101/102 of The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW, and will address questions about the application and submission process.

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Johnson, Arts Program Manager, at 360.709.2678 or

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