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2021 Poet Laureate for Westchester County

Westchester County Executive George Latimer today joined in partnership with ArtsWestchester to announce a competitive call for an inaugural Poet Laureate position for Westchester County for the 2021-2022 term.  Westchester’s Poet Laureate candidate will be an advocate for poetry and the literary arts, have significant personal poetic work and will encourage the community to engage with poetry by creating and leading activities that inspire writing and poetry performances among all age groups while initiating a dialogue between local poets, cultural organizations, and community institutions.

How do poets apply?  The Open Call for applications for the 2021-2022 Poet Laureate is now active, with a deadline of November 20, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. The Poet Laureate’s two-year term is set to begin January 1, 2021, and continue through to December 31st, 2022.

Applications are ONLY accepted through ArtsWestchester’s grant site through: submittable.

Applicants must be 25 years of age or older, must have resided in Westchester County for two years prior to application, during the time of application, and for the duration of the appointment, and must have past work that is of high artistic quality (demonstrated by journal publications, chapbooks, books, audio or video). Full eligibility requirements and terms are here.

The selected Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term and receive an honorarium of $1,250 per year to fulfill the post’s duties. Additional funds of up to $500 will be available for materials and other approved costs associated with the community engagement programs the Poet Laureate facilitates.


Deadline 11/20/2020
Contact Name Lauren Brady
Contact Email [email protected]