Posted 173 days ago ago by Javier Flores (Arts)
Javier Flores, Department of Arts & Culture
City of San Antonio Currently Seeking Nominations for 2018-2020 Poet Laureate
SAN ANTONIO (December 4, 2017) – The City of San Antonio is seeking nominations for the position of Poet Laureate for the 2018-2020 term. The San Antonio Poet Laureate is an honorary position whose role is to promote the literary arts and literacy within the community and create a greater appreciation of the poetic arts through the reading and writing of poetry. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 12, 2018 at 4 p.m. central time. Nomination form and information are available at www.GetCreativeSanAntonio.com.
The individual selected will serve a two-year term and receive an honorarium of $3,500 per year. The Poet Laureate is expected to generate public interest in the literary arts and pursue the preservation of the art of poetry. The selected individual will participate and make appearances at one public event annually, such as a poetry reading and/or theatrical performance.
Many cities throughout the United States, including San Francisco, Santa Fe and Denver, have Poet Laureate programs. Texas has appointed a Poet Laureate since 1932 and, in 2012, San Antonio became the first major Texas city to recognize and appoint a Poet Laureate.
“The fact that San Antonio is the first major city in Texas to appoint a poet laureate is proof of our commitment to the arts and honoring our city’s history and cultural heritage,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “We must continue to give a voice to the guardians of our stories by supporting San Antonio artists, poets, and all the creative communities that work together to ensure our history is never forgotten.”
Since 2012, the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture has supported innovative programs and public events in San Antonio and in conjunction with the city’s Poet Laureate including festivals, workshops, readings and more.
In 2016, Jenny Browne was appointed San Antonio Poet Laureate. Since her appointment, Browne has hosted and participated in various poetry events – including an educators’ workshop, created the “St. Anthony’s Lost & Found” poetry exchange in celebration of the San Antonio Tricentennial, among other projects.
“Being Poet Laureate of San Antonio has been both an honor, and an exciting opportunity,” Browne said. “I'm grateful for the chance to work closely with the City in expanding our collective experience with the equally intimate and immense voice of poetry.”
More information about the City’s Poet Laureate program is available at GetCreativeSanAntonio.com.