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Now accepting nominations: Ohio Poet Laureate

Call for Nominations Open for Next Ohio Poet Laureate

The Ohio Poet Laureate has the opportunity to foster the art of poetry, encourage literacy and learning, address central issues relating to the humanities and heritage, and encourage the reading and writing of poetry across the state. He or she will be expected to undertake a significant cultural project, such as bringing poetry to underserved Ohioans, and will provide at least 20 public readings or events annually in urban, suburban, and rural settings throughout Ohio.

The Ohio Poet Laureate Selection Committee, seated by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) board, will review nominations and interview semi-finalists. The committee will then make a recommendation to Governor Mike DeWine, who will ultimately appoint the position. The Ohio Poet Laureate’s two-year term begins on January 1, 2020, and ends on December 31, 2021.

For information on nomination requirements, please review the Ohio Poet Laureate guidelines.

All nominations, including self-nominations, and submission materials must be submitted via the agency’s online nomination form. Please be sure your nomination and support materials are complete before submission.

Nominations will close on July 8, 2019, at 5 p.m.

Please contact Josh Coy (614-728-4421 or josh.coy@oac.ohio.gov) or Kathy Signorino (614-728-6140 or kathy.signorino@oac.ohio.gov) in the OAC’s Artist Programs Office with any additional questions.

ABOUT THE OHIO POET LAUREATE PROGRAM
The Ohio Poet Laureate has the opportunity to foster the art of poetry, encourage literacy and learning, address central issues relating to the humanities and heritage, and encourage the reading and writing of poetry across the state. 

Throughout a two-year term, the Ohio Poet Laureate undertakes a significant cultural project, such as bringing poetry to people or to a region of the state that might otherwise be underserved in this regard. The Ohio Poet Laureate engages a variety of constituencies, enriching the lives of residents by sharing and promoting poetry through public appearances, readings, workshops, and digital and social media.

ABOUT THE OHIO ARTS COUNCIL
The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at oac.ohio.gov.

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