Clallam County Poet Laureate

Will you be the first Clallam County Poet Laureate?

Clallam County and the North Olympic Library System are excited to announce an opportunity to become the first Clallam County Poet Laureate. Poets ages 18 and over who reside in Clallam County and have a passion for bringing poetry to their community are invited to apply for the inaugural position.

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Submissions accepted October 17 – December 2

The application will be posted here on Monday, October 17, at 9am and submissions will be accepted through Friday, December 2.

The Poet Laureate will be selected by a committee of community arts leaders, practitioners, and enthusiasts from across the county. Notification of the appointment will be made by March 2023.

The selected Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term, bringing poetry to residents of the county by participating in events, leading workshops, and championing the community power of the written and spoken word. The term will begin in April 2023 and run through March 2025.

This position comes with an annual stipend of $5,000 ($10,000 total), funded by Clallam County, in recognition of the appointed poet’s time and energy in participating in or hosting events as well as to support the poet’s craft and practice. The Poet Laureate will be expected to participate in or host approximately two events per month during their term at locations throughout Clallam County.

A major goal of the Clallam County Poet Laureate program is to use poetry to bring a variety of voices and perspectives to culturally diverse audiences throughout the county, and to bring communities together through poetry. Poetry helps us to see, understand and think about our community and our world through a different lens and challenges us to reconsider the common ties that bind us together.
Information Sessions

Information Sessions

In Person: Saturday, October 22, 2-3pm at the Port Angeles Main Library
Virtual: Tuesday, October 25, 12-1pm on Zoom

Learn more about the Clallam County Poet Laureate position, including how to submit your application. These sessions will include a tutorial of how to use the submission platform and time for Q&A about the application process and the program itself.

Answers to FAQs will be posted soon. Please contact with any questions.

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