Applications sought for state poet laureate

October 29, 2013

By Staff

Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission are now accepting applications for the next Washington State Poet Laureate. The poet laureate helps build awareness and appreciation of poetry through public readings, workshops and other activities in communities throughout the state. The next laureate, the state’s third since the program was created in 2007, will serve from Feb. 1, 2014, to Jan. 31, 2016.

Selection of the Washington State Poet Laureate is governed by state regulation. To be considered, applicants must meet all eligibility criteria (which can be found online at and submit an application online at

Applications must be submitted electronically by 5 p.m. Nov. 8. A review panel will select the final candidate and forward its recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee for confirmation by the end of the year.

The Washington State Poet Laureate is a working position and applicants will be asked to propose activities they would hope to accomplish during their tenure. The poet laureate will receive a stipend of approximately $13,000 per year to cover expenses and program costs.


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