In 1919, Colorado’s then-Governor Oliver Shoup appointed Alice Polk Hill to the position of Colorado Poet Laureate. With that appointment, Colorado became one of the first states to honor poets with such a title. Five other people have served in the position since, including current Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison. Now, Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book
and Colorado Creative Industries
hope to find the next person to fill these big shoes.
Nominations are officially open for the next Poet Laureate of Colorado. From the organizations’ press release:
The Poet Laureate serves as an active advocate for poetry, literacy, and literature by participating in readings and other events at schools, libraries, literary festivals, and the State Capitol. The Poet Laureate will also provide the Governor with an annual account of the impact and success of the Colorado Poet Laureate program.
The selection of Poet Laureate will be based on artistic excellence, a demonstrated history of community service in the advancement of poetry, and the ability to present poetry effectively. A review panel will be convened to review nominations and make recommendations to the Governor, who will make the final selection. Complete nominations will be accepted through February 1, 2019. The Poet Laureate chosen by the Governor will serve a four-year term beginning in July 2019.
And, because any hopeful poet may be encouraged by this information, the Poet Laureate will receive $2,000 honoraria annually, plus up to $2,000 in travel expenses annually.
Any individual or organization may nominate a poet (and poets may nominate themselves), but nominations must be submitted online
by no later than Feb. 1, 2019.