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News: 10/01/2017

Who will be Sonoma County’s next Poet Laureate?



Nominations are now open for Sonoma County’s 10th Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate is a Sonoma County resident whose poetry manifests a high degree of excellence, who has produced a critically acclaimed body of work, and who has demonstrated a commitment to the literary arts in Sonoma County. The Poet Laureate often participates in official ceremonies and readings. The Sonoma County Poet Laureate serves for two years (2018-2019).

The Poet Laureate Selection Committee is made up of representatives from each of the five County Supervisory Districts, and from Sonoma State University, Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma County Library, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, the Literary Arts Guild, and the previous poets laureate. Starting this year, the Poet Laureate will be awarded a $1,000 stipend in addition to their title.

Deadline for nominations is Nov. 7. The new Poet Laureate will be announced in December.

Consistent with tradition, the Sonoma County Poet Laureate will not have a formal job description but will be encouraged to develop an agenda promoting poetry and the literary arts in Sonoma County. Organizers of various community events in Sonoma County may invite the poet laureate to participate in their events.

Please download the submission requirements and application form from the Center for the Arts’ website.

For more information contact Cynthi Stefenoni at cynthi@sebastopolfilm.org, or call the Sebastopol Center for the Arts at 829-4797.



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