The Search is On for a Community-Minded Poet to be the Next Poet Laureate of Belfast

  It’s that time when the search begins for the next Belfast Poet Laureate. This is a 2-year position that begins January 1, 2015. Qualifications: Be Belfastian–a clever, productive, thoughtful, colorful, and well worded poet to express and convey a poet’s vision of Belfast. This is your chance to combine art with public service. The Poet […]

 

Wanted the Next Belfast Poet LaureateIt’s that time when the search begins for the next Belfast Poet Laureate. This is a 2-year position that begins January 1, 2015. Qualifications: Be Belfastian–a clever, productive, thoughtful, colorful, and well worded poet to express and convey a poet’s vision of Belfast. This is your chance to combine art with public service. The Poet Laureate is expected to organize poetry activities, and to serve on the Steering Committee of the annual Belfast Poetry Festival. Be prepared to be stopped on the street to answer deep questions about poetry. Maintain a welcoming atmosphere for both emerging and established poets. Be the “public poet” of Belfast, the Biggest Little Poetry Town in Maine.

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

How to Apply to be the Belfast Poet Laureate for 2015/2016

1. Read the info on the City of Belfast website so you know what’s up on the official side of things.
2. Send the committee the following ALL IN ONE DOCUMENT:

a. A cover letter stating your interest in the position and why you think you would be good in it. What experiences and skills do you offer? If you have experience grant writing or fundraising, let us know. Tell us two or three ideas you have for poetry events under your tenure. At the end of your tenure, what three words would you want to be remembered by?

b. A one-page resume that features your creative life.

c. Two pages of your poetry

3. E-mail your packet by December 1 to Committee Chair Linda Buckmaster, lsbuck1@gmail.com.
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