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Posted on: October 15, 2021

Anaheim seeks second poet laureate

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2021) — Anaheim is seeking its second poet laureate and literary ambassador to help inspire appreciation of poetry and the arts in the city. 

The city’s poet laureate serves as a volunteer for a two-year term and is part of Anaheim’s efforts to encourage and promote the arts.

Anaheim’s poet laureate holds free workshops at Anaheim Public Libraries, lead poetry readings at city events and head up community gatherings that promote poetry, literature and the arts.

Anaheim was the first city in Orange County to have a poet laureate and one of only a handful in California, including Los Angeles, Fresno and Santa Barbara. 

The city’s inaugural poet laureate, Grant Hier, served from 2018-2020. The application process set for 2020 was put on hold amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

A poet laureate serves as the official poet for a city, county, state or nation. The tradition goes back centuries. In America, the precursor to our nation’s poet laureate today dates back to 1937.

To be eligible for consideration as Anaheim’s poet laureate, applicants much be a published poet, have strong ties to the city for the past five years, be at least 21 years old and be able to give public poetry readings.

Applications are due by Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. 

You can apply online by visiting Anaheim.net/poet