Colorado Poet Laureate nominations are open

A view of the Capitol and the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception from 16th Avenue and Downing Street, Oct. 18, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A view of the Capitol and the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception from 16th Avenue and Downing Street, Oct. 18, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The term of Colorado Poet Laureate Joe Hutchinson is coming to an end, and Colorado Humanities has begun its search for the next poet in line.

Nominations to fill the position — which asks a Colorado poet to act as an advocate for poetry, literacy and literature in schools, libraries, literary festivals and the State Capitol — are now open.

They call them nominations but it’s really an application process, as poets themselves will have to answer some questions and fill out some forms.

To apply, you’ll need to fill out a nomination form and provide a resume, a list of publications and poetry readings, up to 10 pages of poetry, a video of a poetry reading, contact information and references. You’ll also need to write one-page answers to two questions: What is your vision for the role of a poet laureate? Why would you like to be selected as the poet laureate of Colorado?

“The selection of Poet Laureate will be based on artistic excellence, a demonstrated history of community service in the advancement of poetry, and the ability to present poetry effectively,” the Colorado Humanities website says.

Nominations/applications opened on Nov. 15 (sorry) and will remain open through Feb. 1. A panel will review prospective poets and make recommendations to the governor, who makes the final decision. The poet laureate will serve a four-year term beginning July 2019.

For more information or to apply, go to coloradohumanities.com.

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