Pikes Peak Library District restarts region's Poet Laureate Project
Last updated 8/4/2021 at 9:28am | View PDF
Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) has announced the return of the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project. The application process for a new Pikes Peak Poet Laureate is open now.
The Poet Laureate Project champions diversity, equity, and inclusion within the literary arts and seeks a poetry enthusiast who can represent its objectives to a wide variety of age groups, socio-economic groups, and cultural backgrounds or heritage, in addition to all levels of educational attainment.
The Poet Laureate builds a literary arts community through poetry by developing an appreciation of written and performance poetry, as well as inspiring and celebrating poetry and poets in the Pikes Peak region with dynamic programs of engagement, advocacy and education. The individual should have an understanding of the state of poetry in the region, as well as the possibilities for innovation, development, and transformation.
“Pikes Peak Library District is very excited to now manage the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project,” said Dustin Booth, project chair and PPLD Manager of Knights of Columbus Hall. “As advocates for equitable opportunities for all residents of the Pikes Peak region, PPLD and the Poet Laureate Project are seeking the poetry community’s best representative – someone who not only resonates with the Pikes Peak poetry society, but also builds relationships within the general population, furthering the voice of this artistic community and capturing the appreciation and support of the region.
“This will be the first new poet laureate since 2017 and things have changed since then,” said Booth. “We’re looking for someone who can reflect the times and fervently perform the position’s responsibilities.”
Applications can be completed and submitted online at ppld.org/poetlaureate. They can also be downloaded for completion and returned to any PPLD location. All applications must be received by Sunday, Aug. 15.
For more information, visit ppld.org/poetlaureate or call Dustin Booth at (719) 531-6333 x6142