Recommendations For Picking A Poet Laureate

Looking at what some towns have done, we can make these suggestions: The poet laureate can be appointed by the mayor, the town council, the arts commission, or the library board.

Requirements might include some of the following: age 18 or older, resident of the community, desire to engage with the community in ways that promote poetry, evidence of knowledgeable engagement with poetry through the years Some towns require an application. That could include a resume, a cover letter, and samples of the applicant's poetry. Laureates are appointed anywhere from two years to a lifetime appointment. Three years is common.

Opportunities: reception held in his or her honor soon after appointment, represent the town as part of the CCPL Duties: Engage the community in the appreciation of poetry through various activities such as public readings or special projects.