Search for the City of Wilmington's Poet Laureate

The search has begun for the inaugural City of Wilmington Poet Laureate. We are excited to establish this honorary position to advocate for poetry and the literary arts in our city.

Download the City of Wilmington Poet Laureate Application

The Poet Laureate is a visible figure who is active as an advocate, educator, and presenter of poetry throughout the city. Proposed activities in this position are:

  • Be a voice promoting the importance of poetry and the literary arts
  • Speak and present at official City functions such as the opening of City Council Meetings, Mayoral awards and events, conferences and ceremonies
  • Present readings and discuss poetry in educational settings for children and adults as well as at other events throughout the City of Wilmington

The City of Wilmington’s Cultural Affairs & Communications Department will publicize the Poet Laureate’s events through various media outlets, manage the Poet Laureate  calendar of appearances and act as the clearing house for appearance requests from
schools and non-­profit organizations. The department will display the Poet Laureate’s biography, scheduling information, and poetry samples on the City of Wilmington's website.

The Poet Laureate will create additional programming and presentation opportunities in   conjuncton with the Cultural Affairs & Communications Department and the Education, Youth and Families Committee as program goals are evaluated and determined each
year.