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.
In alignment with San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s Declaration of Public Health Emergency, the March 31 Poet Laureate Investiture Ceremony will be postponed to a later date. Click here for up-to-date information about COVD-19.
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.