Belfast seeks new Poet Laureate

Belfast is searching Waldo County for its next Poet Laureate to fill a two-year term beginning January 1, 2017. Applications for the position are now being accepted until Friday, December 16 by the Poet Laureate Search Committee. For the first time, poets from any town in Waldo County are able to apply for this fun-filled (unpaid) position.

The Belfast Poet Laureate is expected to “Be Belfastian,” a clever, productive, thoughtful, colorful, and well worded poet able to express and convey a poet’s vision of Belfast. This is your chance to combine art with public service. The Poet Laureate is expected to organize poetry activities of their choice throughout the year with assistance from other volunteers and arts organizations. The PL also serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the annual Belfast Poetry Festival. She or he will maintain a welcoming atmosphere for both emerging and established poets and be the “public poet” of Belfast, the Biggest Little Poetry Town in Maine.

To apply, send a one-page resume of your poetry and volunteer life; a letter about why you are interested in this role and a description of your vision for local poetry activities; and two examples of your poetry. E-mail everything in a single Word document with “Poet Laureate Submission” in the subject line to Linda Buckmaster, Search Committee Chair, at  A decision will be announced before Christmas.

This is an official position approved by the Belfast City Council. If you know someone you think would be good in this position, encourage them to apply by sending their materials to the Committee.

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