Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2021, and all interested in applying, nominating, or learning more are encouraged to attend a virtual Application Workshop Tuesday, October 26 at 4:30 pm.
The City of Worcester is accepting applications for its next Youth Poet Laureate!
The Youth Poet Laureate program is an exciting opportunity for a young individual to serve as an official ambassador to Worcester’s historic and vibrant cultures of poetry and literary arts. This role is open to Worcester residents who will be between 13 and 19 years of age on January 1, 2022. Those interested may be nominated or apply on their own. Candidates will be reviewed on the literary merit of their work, impact on the community, contributions to the literature of Worcester, and more. Applications must be submitted by November 15, 2021. Click here to learn more about guidelines and submit an application.
The chosen individual will serve a two-year term from January 2022 through December 2023. During this time, the appointee will represent the City of Worcester as they develop their own work, act as an ambassador to literacy, the arts, and expression, perform public readings, work with the public, and capture life in Worcester for future generations. In Youth Poet Laureate will receive a $2,500 scholarship, as well as a $500 annual stipend honorarium.
Prospective applicants and anyone thinking of nominating a candidate is encouraged to attend the virtual Youth Poet Laureate Application Workshop on Tuesday, October 26 at 4:30 PM. This comprehensive workshop will provide an application walk-through and the opportunity to hear from current Youth Poet Laureate, Amina Mohammed. Click here to register for this workshop on Zoom.
Learn more about the role through the eyes of current Youth Poet Laureate Amina Mohammed in a recent interview on WorcesterCulture.org: Writing, Expressing, and Healing: An Interview with Amina Mohammed, Worcester Youth Poet Laureate.
For questions, please email Culture@WorcesterMA.gov.
The information in this post was provided by the Worcester Cultural Coalition (WCC).