Applications sought for poet laureate

The Tacoma Arts Commission is now accepting applications for the seventh annual Tacoma Poet Laureate program. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017.

The individual selected as Tacoma Poet Laureate will hold the title for two years – from May 2017 to April 2019 – and receive a $4,000 stipend for advancing and actively contributing to Tacoma’s literary community in meaningful ways through readings, performances, workshops, presentations and publications. This individual will also participate in Tacoma Arts Month each October and help produce the 2019 Tacoma Poet Laureate ceremony announcing the next Tacoma Poet Laureate.

“The Poet Laureate program provides an incredible opportunity for a unique Tacoma poet to engage the entire city as an ambassador for this important and dynamic art form,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “We are excited for the next Poet Laureate to share their talents and passion with all audiences.”

Eligibility extends to literary artists who live in Pierce County and are actively engaged in Tacoma’s creative community. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and practicing artists, dedicated to producing poetry in any form, genre or style on a regular basis. Other eligibility requirements apply.

Current poet laureate Cathy Nguyen and the Tacoma Arts Commission and will host a poetry event at which the winner of this year’s Poet Laureate competition will officially be awarded the title. The free, public event will be held Saturday, April 29, location to be announced.

The application and information about the Tacoma Poet Laureate program are available online:

– City of Tacoma