Search Begins for Georgia's Poet Laureate

Thursday, 06 October 2011
ATLANTA - Georgia Council for the Arts, in partnership with the Georgia Humanities Council, is currently accepting applications for a State Poet Laureate. This is an honorary, highly-respected position that is appointed by the Governor from a list of three nominations made by the Arts Council. The selected candidate will serve for a period of time concurrent with the governor's term of office or until a successor is named.

"Continuing the tradition of naming a poet laureate for the state is an outstanding opportunity to select a spokesperson who champions the role of reading, writing and literacy in the lives of all Georgians," said Karen Paty, GCA director. "In addition to holding a position of significant honor, the poet laureate will build awareness for Georgia's dynamic literary heritage, inspire appreciation for the art of poetry and increase recognition and support for contemporary poets in our state."

Applications are invited from published poets who meet eligibility requirements that include five consecutive years as a Georgia resident, availability to travel for readings and appearances and recognition and publication as a poet. Submissions will be reviewed and adjudicated by a peer review panel of professionals from the literary, arts and humanities community that will then recommend three candidates to the Governor for final selection.

Applications are due on October 31, 2011. For more details, including complete eligibility criteria, visit the Georgia Council for the Arts website.

Georgia Council for the Arts is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development that provides support for nonprofit arts organizations throughout the state. Established in 1965 as the Georgia Commission on the Arts, its mission is to encourage excellence in the arts, support the arts many forms of expressions and make the arts available to all Georgians by providing funding, leadership, programming and other services. Funding for Georgia Council for the Arts is provided by appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly, the National Endowment for the Arts and other private and public sources.

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