Applications for the next Santa Clara County Poet Laureate are now being accepted online or by US mail through September 30th. The application process found there might show last year’s timeline, but if you scroll down, to the application link, all is in good shape. Just gather your info and submit.
If this position isn’t for you, but you know a poet who lives within Santa Clara County, who has had some success getting poems published, and who has some record of engaging with the public, please encourage them to apply.
If you think this is a way you would like to promote poetry some time in the future, keep writing, get into a workshop or writing group, and get involved in a local poetry organization so that you get a feel for working with the public.
And, make sure you show up for the next Laureate’s events! They need your support and you will have even a better sense of what’s involved in this role as an advocate for poetry and the arts.
It’s a big county; there should be a lot of poets out there with a desire to serve in the public sphere. If you have questions about what it means to be poet laureate, you may contact either the first SCCo Poet Laureate, Nils Peterson, or me, Sally Ashton, by email, listed below. You may also review my schedule from the past two years, above, to better understand the variety of opportunities to connect with people in the county around poetry you might experience.
If this is something you feel you can do: Apply!
If you feel this is an important role and know someone who would be great: Encourage them to apply!
For specific questions regarding the position, contact one of us.
Nils Peterson, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate (2009-2011)
Sally Ashton, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate (2011-2013)
Pass it on and thanks for your help.
Santa Clara County Poet Laureate