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Now’s your chance to become Madison’s next Poet Laureate

Get involved with the community by using poetry to educate and activate locals. Nominate yourself or someone else to be the city’s next Poet Laureate.

608 Poet Laureate

Poet Laureate Angela Trudell Vasquez encourages kids to get excited about literature. | Photo by WI Book Festival

Do you have a way with words? Are you looking for ways to get more involved in the community? Do you have a passion for the arts? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may fit the bill to become Madison’s next Poet Laureate.

First, read up on what a Poet Laureate is and Madison’s Youth Poet Laureate program

Then, submit your nomination by Wednesday, September 27, 2024.

The nomination will include...

  • Six to ten poems
  • A CV detailing nominee’s education, published works, performance history, and community involvement
  • One to three-page essay on how the nominee will leverage connections to create poetry opportunities in Madison
  • Three references
  • Proof of Madison residency
  • A signed statement from the nominee confirming intent to accept the nomination and live in Madison during their term
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