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Posted on: December 5, 2018

Town of Carrboro Seeks 2019 Poet Laureate

Poet Laurette search 2019


The Arts Committee of the Town of Carrboro seeks applications and nominations for the position of Poet Laureate of Carrboro, for a term that will begin March 13, 2019, and expire March 10, 2021. The main duty of the Poet Laureate is to engage in activities that enhance the presence of poetry in the social and civic life of Carrboro. These activities include but are not limited to working the Recreations and Parks staff for the planning of and participation in the West End Poetry Festival (held annually in October), Carrboro Day, outreach to local schools, and weekly readings at Board of Aldermen meetings. The Laureate will work in conjunction with the Carrboro Poets Council (a subcommittee of the Arts Committee). The Laureate should be a practicing poet; a record of publication and public readings will be considered assets but are not required. The Poet Laureate may serve more than one 2-year term of office. Residency in Carrboro is desirable but not necessary. This is not a salaried position. There is an honorarium associated with the Poet Laureate position. This is NOT a paid position with the Poets Council or Town of Carrboro. If you wish to apply, please submit a cover letter that addresses your qualifications for the position and 3-5 poems (no more than 5 pages of poetry). If you have published one or more poems, please include in your cover letter titles with the name and date of the revue or Web site; please also list your public readings. Also please provide a statement of 250-350 words on your vision of the role of poetry in Carrboro, with suggestions for activities in which you would engage as Laureate. All application materials must be received by February 5, 2019. If you wish to nominate someone, please provide with the name a justification of 150-200 words. Please e-mail all application materials to astone@townofcarrboro.org or mail to : Annette Stone, ECD Director Town of Carrboro301 West Main Street Carrboro, NC 27510

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