Lamorinda Arts Council “Call for Poet Laureate Applications”

Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC) president Lawrence Kohl announced the formation of a Poet Laureate Program (PLP) which marks the first opportunity of its kind for our local literary community. Thanks to endorsements from the City Councils of Orinda and Lafayette, the Lamorinda Arts Council PLP will manage and support the Poet Laureate who will serve both Lafayette and Orinda. Poets interested in this position are invited to apply online at https://lamorindaarts.org/poet-laureate-application/. Deadline to receive all online applications is December 31, 2017 at 5 p.m.

The Poet Laureate will be called upon to write theme-based poetry and read poetry at civic and other events such as public ceremonies and dedications. They will also support the Lamorinda Arts Council PLP activities in the schools and community and serve as a liaison with literary organizations. Goals of the program include:

  • Encourage poetry and the literary arts in our communities
  • Stimulate and inspire residents of all ages in their writing
  • Present poetry in non-traditional venues to expand its reach

Members of the Poet Laureate committee include Connie Post, former Livermore Poet Laureate, who has assisted area communities in creating laureate programs, Janice Peacock, who is a member of the Lafayette Public Art Committee, LAC Board member Denise Nomura, Gail Entrekin of Hip Pocket Press in Orinda, Jennifer Shaw with the Institute for Poetic Medicine who’s work also appears in The East Bay Times, Sue Janet Clark of Lincoln, poet and founder of Lincoln’s Poetry Open Mic, Robin Moore of AC5’s Poetry Out Loud program and Elana O’Loskey of The Orinda News.

The selection committee will review potential candidates and recommend a Poet Laureate to the two city councils to be appointed in early 2018. The Poet Laureate will serve a two year term and receive a yearly $3,000 stipend. Professional poets who live and/or work in the cities of Lafayette or Orinda are eligible. Duties include poems of occasion for community and civic events, poetry events including K-12 schools and more.

According to Lamorinda Arts Council president Lawrence Kohl, "We are very excited to be able to work with the cities of Lafayette and Orinda to create this important post. Poetry is both personal and public; using words in rhyme and rhythm to uncover emotional truths that bind us together. If you are interested in volunteering to become involved in the Poet Laureate Program please go to http://lamorindaarts.org/volunteer and check the Poet Laureate box to join us organizing poetry events and activities."


About the Lamorinda Arts Council

Founded in 1950 as the Orinda Arts Council, the now Lamorinda Arts Council is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been igniting and sustaining artistic expression and appreciation in the visual, performing and literary arts for people of all ages in our community for over sixty five years. Notable LAC events include Lamorinda Idol, the High School Visual Arts Competition, Lamorinda ShortDocs Film Fest, Art in Public Places, and Orinda Library Art Gallery exhibits. For more information please visit www.lamorindaarts.org.

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