Saturday, June 8 marks the opening of nominations for poets interested in becoming San Mateo County’s first Poet Laureate, or for those interested in nominating a poet for the honorary post.
County Supervisors Carole Groom and Warren Slocum open the nominations at the Literary Stage in the Fine Arts Galleria within the San Mateo County Fair at 12:30 p.m. on June 8.
The Poet Laureate’s role is to elevate poetry among San Mateo County residents and celebrate the literary arts. Nomination deadline is July 31, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Eligibility Criteria: 18 years or older; available to serve two-year term beginning October 2013; San Mateo County resident for at least three years; published or recognized for poetry and literary contributions (number and quality of published works taken into account); demonstrated commitment to, and passion for, poetry; embraces the opportunity to engage in community service to make poetry more accessible and available; willingness to serve as ambassador for San Mateo County and engage citizens of San Mateo County in poetry at public events through public readings, workshops, visiting schools, and other means; available to travel throughout San Mateo County.
Responsibilities: represent San Mateo County and the art of poetry though outreach activities related to poetry; present appropriate works at minimum of four selected county-sponsored events during the year, including events for schools and youths; write commemorative poem about San Mateo County or environs; open San Mateo County Board of Supervisors meetings with a poem every quarter.
Nomination forms and guidelines available on June 8 online at sanmateocountypoet.org and at local libraries and County Government Center. For information, contact Marci Dragun at email@example.com or 650-599-1021. Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to San Mateo County Poet Laureate, Supervisor Warren Slocum, Board of Supervisors, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063.