Call for Nominations for San Francisco Poet Laureate
Call for Nominations for San Francisco Poet LaureateSan Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Poet Laureate Nominating Committee are seeking nominations for the seventh San Francisco Poet Laureate, to succeed Alejandro Murguía, whose term has expired. Poet Laureate nominees must be San Francisco residents, have a substantial body of published work, including at least one full length book (minimum 48 pages, not self-published or vanity press) and/or professional digital recording of performance with text (not self-produced) or 20 or more published poems in established publications, print or online, over the past five years. “As San Francisco’s first Poet Laureate said, ‘The center of literate culture in cities has always centered in the great libraries.’ San Francisco Public Library is pleased to lead the way in this great San Francisco literary tradition by beginning the process for the selection of the next Poet Laureate for our city,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. Responsibilities of the Poet Laureate include:
- Deliver an inaugural address to the public at San Francisco Public Library
- Participate in community-based poetry events that serve multi-generational, multi-ethnic residents representative of the City.
- Work on one or more poetry-centered events in cooperation with the San Francisco Public Library, WritersCorps, and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
- Lead a poetry reading/event at Litquake, San Francisco’s annual literary festival.