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Poet Laureate

Do you know someone who would be great as our next San Antonio Poet Laureate? Here is your chance to nominate them for the 2020 - 2022 term. Nominations occur every two years and are reviewed by a selection panel of renowned scholarly writers from around the country. Once they choose a new Poet Laureate, the candidate is then appointed by the mayor.

The duty of the Poet Laureate is to promote poetry and the literary arts in San Antonio. The Poet Laureate will be tasked with developing innovative and inspiring public events and programs in conjunction with local organizations and the Department of Arts & Culture. The Poet Laureate will also make special appearances and attends various functions throughout the two year term.

Did you know that San Antonio was the first major city in Texas to appoint a Poet Laureate? Former Mayor Julián Castro appointed Dr. Carmen Tafolla as San Antonio's first Poet Laureate in 2012. The appointment of a poet laureate has garnered connectivity among local literacy organizations, poets and the general public, expanding public awareness about the literary arts.

The nomination period closes January 31, 2020. The Poet Laureate 2020 - 2022 will be appointed on April 1, 2020 in conjunction with the launch of National Poetry Month.


Nominations NOW OPEN for 2020-2022 San Antonio Poet Laureate

Nomination Form and Nomination Guidelines

Poet Laureate


Dr. Octavio Quintanilla 2018-2020
Jenny Browne 2016-2018
Laurie Ann Guerrero 2014-2016
Dr. Carmen Tafolla

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020