San Francisco Poet Laureate

Call for Nominations for San Francisco Poet Laureate

San Francisco Public Library is seeking community member’s nominations for the city’s 8th poet laureate.

“During this crisis, it remains important to support and celebrate poets, writers and artists that make our city special. Since the creation of the San Francisco Poet Laureate position in 1998 by Mayor Willie Brown, our poet laureates have brought the beauty and joy of poetry to the lives of our city’s residents. With this call for nominations, we hope to find our next poet laureate, whose words can help uplift and inspire San Franciscans during this difficult time and throughout our recovery.”

— Mayor London Breed


  • Poet Laureate nominees must be San Francisco residents.

  • Must have a substantial body of work produced over the past five (5) years including:

    • at least one full length book (minimum 48 pages, not self-published or vanity press); and

      • a professional digital recording of performance with text (not self-produced), or

      • 20 or more published poems in established publications, print or online


  • Deliver an inaugural public address at San Francisco Public Library

  • Develop and participate in community-based poetry programs that reflect and honor the diversity of San Francisco

  • Work on one or more poetry-centered events in collaboration with the Library, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and community partners such as YouthSpeaks, Litquake, WritersCorps and others.

Questions? Contact SFPL Public Affairs at

San Francisco Poet Laureate Nomination Form

Nominee Information
Note: Do not submit poetry at this time. Committee will request samples of work at a later date.
Your Information (Person submitting nomination)

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