a hard act to follow

May 19, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for Washington State’s next poet laureate. The poet laureate serves to build awareness and appreciation of poetry — including Washington’s legacy of poetry — through public readings, workshops, and presentations in communities throughout the state. The new laureate will serve from February 1, 2018, to January 31, 2020. Washington joined several other states in appointing an official state poet laureate in 2007.

The position is sponsored by the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) and Humanities Washington, with the support of Governor Jay Inslee. Current laureate Tod Marshall has driven thousands of miles and held hundreds of poetry workshops and readings across Washington State since February 2016. Marshall, a Washington State Book Award-winning poet and Gonzaga professor, is in the second year of his two-year term. A list of his upcoming events is available via Humanities Washington’s website and the state poet laureate’s blog.

Applications are due July 31, 2017. Read more about the position and download the guidelines at ArtsWA.


laurelWhile Elizabeth Austen continues to serve as Washington State Poet Laureate into 2016, the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) and Humanities Washington are seeking applications for the 2016-2018 Poet Laureate. The job calls for tremendous commitment, vision, creativity, energy and time. See descriptions of the role and details on the application process on the Humanities Washington website. Applications are due July 31, 2015.

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