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is a Poet Laureate?
A Poet Laureate is an individual who composes poems, who
has the ability to express poetic ideas in beautiful language,
and has been identified as having the highest degree of
excellence in poetry.
Three recognized poets, two of which reside in the Delaware
Valley, the third, a "celebrity judge", are called
upon to adjudicate and assign numeric value to the top 25
selected manuscripts. These numeric values are calculated
to determine the winner in a fair and objective way.
does the Poet Laureate do?
Poet Laureate functions as an ambassador for poetry in Montgomery
County from March 31 of the year of his/her naming to April
1st of the following year.
role will include working with MCPL's Executive Director
Leva to develop a schedule of readings, workshops
and a community project.
may include the Forgotten Voices Poetry Group in Telford,
The Daily Grind Café in Jenkintown, Musehouse Center
and the Philadelphia Writers' Conference (both in Philadelphia).
Poet Laureate will be asked to attend the Annual Event (both
the year that he or she is named, as well as the following
year to discuss the experience).
she may also hold the office of "writer-in residence"
at Indian Valley Arts Foundation. There is also the potential
to work as a member of the Tekpoet Talent team and join
the MCPL Advisory board after the PL's tenure.
on the Community Project for the Application:
mentioned above, one of the most important elements of the
Poet Laureate's tenure is the service project, which is
developed with Executive Director Joanne Leva. This should
be some sort of community project that serves the Montgomery
County community in your role as an ambassador. Please note
that past projects have often been sustained as permanent
additions to the MCPL program roster.
describe, briefly, any ideas you have for your community
project below. This portion of your application will NOT
be shared with the celebrity judge, and it has no bearing
on the evaluation of the quality of your writing. Having
this information early on, however, will allow the MCPL
board to plan funding for the support and scale of your
do not have any specific ideas at this time, it is also
fine to leave this portion of your application blank.