Norwich Poet Laureate Application 2020
The honorary position of the City of Norwich Poet Laureate was established in 2017 by a resolution of the City Council. As the City’s representative poet, the Poet Laureate serves as an ambassador for poetry by promoting and encouraging the appreciation of creative expression through poetry and literary arts activities.
The Poet Laureate writes and shares his or her work in public appearances, digital media, workshops, and inspires the community to find and share their own creative voice.
The Mayor appoints a resident as the City Poet Laureate based on the recommendation of the Selection Committee.

Please review POET LAUREATE PROGRAM GUIDELINES before submitting the application form and other requested materials.

POET LAUREATE APPLICATION - Previous applicants may re-apply. New application and materials must be submitted for 2020.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: extended to Tuesday, JUNE 30, 2020 at 5 pm.

Applications and requested materials may be submitted online here by file uploads below or may be mailed or dropped off to Otis Library, 261 Main Street, Norwich, CT 06360, Attention: Julie Menders.
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  • Applicants must provide the following:
    • Completed Poet Laureate Application form.
  • Applicants must also provide the following:
    • Up to two (2) pages of narrative, expressing your interest and commitment to this role, note past poetry activities and explain how you would engage the community. (8 ½” x 11” with Times New Roman 12 point font)
    • Resume - list published works, public readings, awards, honors or other recognition. Include links to website(s), YouTube and/or Vimeo files, etc.
    • Two (2) letters in support of your application.
    • Three (3) writing samples that may not exceed 15 continuously numbered pages (8 ½” x 11” and no smaller than 12 point type). One sample must include the theme of the City of Norwich. Please provide copyright information where appropriate.