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Open call for poet laureate

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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2019 10:30 am

The deadline to apply to be the next Queens Poet Laureate has been extended, Borough President Melinda Katz announced Tuesday.

Applications for the unpaid position are being accepted online until 5 p.m. on Sept. 20 at queensbp.org/poet.

Applicants must be published poets and residents of Queens who have lived in the borough for at least two years. Those interested must submit a sample of up to 10 pages of their poetry, along with an essay of up to 500 words on why the applicant wants the position. Applicants also must submit a one- to two-page resume on their poetry-related work.

During his or her three-year term, the poet laureate will promote an appreciation of poetry, including by doing readings at public schools, libraries, community centers, parks and borough arts events.

The five judges include former Queens Poet Laureates Maria Lisella and Paolo Javier, Walt Whitman Award-winning poet Nicole Cooley, NYC Youth Poet Laureate Camryn Bruno and Alice Quinn, executive director of the Poetry Society of America.

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