Belfast Seeks Poet Laureate

The City of Belfast seeks a new Poet Laureate for a two-year term. Qualifications: Be Belfastian, clever, productive, thoughtful, colorful, and a well worded poet to express and convey a vision of Belfast. This is your chance to combine art with public service. Organize poetry activities. Be prepared to be stopped on the street to […]


The City of Belfast seeks a new Poet Laureate for a two-year term.

Qualifications: Be Belfastian, clever, productive, thoughtful, colorful, and a well worded poet to express and convey a vision of Belfast. This is your chance to combine art with public service. Organize poetry activities. Be prepared to be stopped on the street to answer deep questions about poetry. Serve on the Steering Committee of the annual Belfast Poetry Festival. Maintain a welcoming atmosphere for both emerging and established poets. Be the “public poet” of Belfast, the Biggest Little Poetry Town in Maine.

Applicants must be a resident of Belfast or one of the abutting towns of Waldo, Morrill, Northport, Belmont, Swanville, or Searsport.

This year’s Poet Laureate Committee is comprised of: Roger Lee, Belfast City Council representative; Dr. Thomas Maycock, a lifelong student of Irish poetry; David Estey,  representing the arts community; Brenda Harrington, Belfast Free Library; Elizabeth Garber, past Belfast Poet Laureate; and Johsua Bodwell, Executive Director of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance (Portland).

Applications and Nominations are welcome: To apply, send a one-page letter with your qualifications and vision for performing your duties. Also attach a copy of one of your Belfast-oriented poems. If nominated, please send in the application materials. E-mail to Elizabeth at  HYPERLINK “mailto:ewgarber@gmail.com” ewgarber@gmail.com . All applications must be received by Tuesday, November 27th at 5:00pm. The new Poet Laureate will be announced in early December and inaugurated at the Belfast New Years By the Bay celebration.

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