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Poet Laureate

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the Department of Arts & Culture have announced Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson as San Antonio’s new Poet Laureate. Sanderson will serve as the City’s fifth Poet Laureate for a two-year term from 2020-2022. Click here to learn more about Vocab. Also, join Vocab and San Antonio's talented poetry community as we celebrate National Poetry Month (April) Online. Click here to see the line-up.  

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. 


Poet Laureate


Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson 2020-2022
Dr. Octavio Quintanilla 2018-2020
Jenny Browne 2016-2018
Laurie Ann Guerrero 2014-2016
Dr. Carmen Tafolla

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Monday, July 13, 2020