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Will You Be Woodbury’s Third Poet Laureate?


Hear ye, hear ye, calling all poets! The Town of Woodbury and the Woodbury Public Library is seeking their third Poet Laureate to serve for three years from October 1, 2024 through September 30, 2027. The number one role of a Poet Laureate is to share a love of poetry with the Town of Woodbury community. The Poet Laureate should plan on hosting a minimum of four events at the Library in a calendar year, but may also be asked to make an additional appearance related to a Library or town occasion.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, reside in Woodbury, Connecticut, be willing to serve a voluntary three-year appointment, have published works, or have received recognition for writings. Applications are available for download on the Library’s website and print forms can be obtained in the Library. The last day to submit an application for Poet Laureate, along with three poems, and a letter of interest, will be August 30, with committee reviews and/or interviews being held September 4 through 13. Announcement of the new Poet Laureate and The Passing of the Quill reception has been tentatively scheduled for October 1 at 6:30 pm.

The Woodbury Public Library has been fortunate to have worked with two wonderful Poet Laureates: David Bibbey, and Sandy Lee Carlson. Carlson, who is the current Poet Laureate, will be handing over her quill at the beginning of October to the new Poet Laureate. Carlson accomplished much during her appointment, including a published ekphrastic poetry project, in which poets wrote about the works of art that were displayed in The Gallery, over the span of a year. With great enthusiasm, Carlson collaborated with Library staff to hold poetry celebrations, poetry writing workshops, and open mics, and she even initiated poetry writing contests throughout the schools.

CLICK HERE for the Poet Laureate FAQs.

CLICK HERE for the Poet Laureate Application.