Poet Laureate


Plymouth is Seeking A Poet Laureate

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The Plymouth Public Library is pleased to be part of the process facilitating the choice of a Poet Laureate for Plymouth!

The role of the Plymouth Poet Laureate is to elevate poetry in the consciousness of Plymouth residents and to promote the community’s values, history, people, and cultural traditions through literary arts. The Plymouth Poet Laureate is an honorary two-year appointment from 2020 to 2022. During that term, the Poet Laureate will advocate for poetry, literature, and the arts, as well as contribute to the community’s literary legacy through public readings and participation in civic events. The Poet Laureate is encouraged to actively propose and lead community projects that strengthen the program’s purpose.

During the inauguration of the Poet Laureate in April 2020, the successful nominee will be expected to deliver a public recitation of an original poem that educates an audience to some exemplary person or action from Plymouth’s 400 year history.

Applications are now open. Submissions must be hand-delivered to Plymouth Public Library c/o Jennifer Harris, 132 South Street, Plymouth, MA 02360 or Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce c/o Amy Naples, 134 Court Street, Plymouth, MA 02360 by Friday, December 13, 2019. Applications sent by mail must be postmarked by Sunday, December 15.

Click here to download a copy of the full guidelines and application form. For answers to the most frequently asked questions, follow this link.  If you need further information, please contact Stephen Cole at 774-343-5024, email to [email protected]

We will update this space as the process unfolds!