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Call for State Poet Laureate Nominations

Call for State Poet Laureate Nominations

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- The Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) is now accepting nominations for State Poet Laureate for 2015–2016. Nominations must be made by a cultural organization, such as a poetry society, writers’ group, college or university, local arts and humanities council, or library. Nominations may not be made by individuals. The postmark deadline for nominations is June 1, 2014.

Nominees should be distinguished poets who are residents of Oklahoma and who are committed to outreach and the promotion of poetry statewide. “The Oklahoma Humanities Council will provide a stipend of $5,000 per year to the State Poet Laureate as compensation for five required appearances that are free and open to the public,” said Kelly Elsey, Program Officer for OHC and coordinator of the Poet Laureate program. “The Poet Laureate would be able to select the locations of these five events, designate a target audience or ‘platform’ for his/her tenure, and would also be featured on the OHC website.”

According to legislation, the State Poet Laureate is a position appointed by the Governor for a two-year term. The next Poet Laureate term will begin in January 2015 when the current Poet Laureate, Nathan Brown of Norman, finishes his tenure. OHC facilitates the program on behalf of the Governor, organizing a committee of individuals with expertise in poetry who will review the nominations and make a recommendation to the Governor. The selection of the State Poet Laureate rests solely with the Governor.

Nomination forms and guidelines are available on the Oklahoma Humanities Council website, www.okhumanities.org/state-poet-laureate, or from Kelly Elsey who can be contacted at(405) 235-0280 or kelly@okhumanities.org.