Tacoma Poet Laureate Position is Now Open

The Tacoma Arts Commission is now accepting applications for the ninth annual Tacoma Poet Laureate program. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1.

Literary artists who are emerging, professional, or established artists producing poetry in any form, genre, or style are encouraged to apply.

The individual selected as Tacoma Poet Laureate will hold the title for two years and receive a stipend of $4,000. The Poet Laureate will have access to an additional project budget of up to $1,000 to help implement programming. The individual will actively contribute to and advance Tacoma’s literary community in meaningful ways through readings, performances, workshops, presentations, publications, and/or special projects — whether in-person or virtually; participate in Tacoma Arts Month each October; and help produce the 2023 ceremony to announce the next Poet Laureate.

The individual should actively strive to engage the breadth of Tacoma’s residents, expanding access to the literary arts to underserved/underrepresented audiences. Applicants must be 18 years or older and be an active literary artist, dedicated to producing work on a regular basis. View the full guidelines at cityoftacoma.org/artsopps.

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