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City of Seattle: Seeking Seattle’s next Civic Poet

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    The Civic Poet Program supports an established poet with a two-year City residency as literary ambassador. In addition to annual City events, the Civic Poet will foster community dialogue and engagement between the public and artists, while celebrating the literary arts. The program emerged from the earlier Poet Populist program and invests in the future of literary arts through community connections.

    This call is open to Seattle-based poets who have an established body of work including published works, racial equity and/or spoken word experience. Applicants should demonstrated interest in promoting equity and inclusion through the arts and the power of the written and spoken word. Students are not eligible to apply.

    The Civic Poet will generate a work plan within budget for each year that includes public readings at up to five municipal events annually and community engagement opportunities that could include classes/workshops, lectures, curatorial services, solo or group readings to engage diverse communities of all ages. The Civic Poet will also plan and schedule monthly poetry presentations to the Seattle City Council Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts committee.

    Applicants do NOT need to submit a work plan for initial application purposes. Finalists will be asked to create a draft work plan for presentation to the selection panel.

    The position will have a budget of $10,000 distributed over two years, inclusive of all artist fees.

    Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11 p.m., (Pacific Daylight Time).

    Online application and guidelines available here.


    Thursday, April 6, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

    12th Ave Arts Conference Room
    1620 12th Ave (second floor offices)
    Seattle, Washington 98122

    Learn what makes a strong application. The session will cover specifics on eligibility and how to apply. All applicants are encouraged to attend.


    For questions about the call, please contact Project Manager Irene Gómez (206) 684-7310 or staff member Lizzy Melton (206) 727-8668. For assistance with the CaFE online application process, contact CaFE tech support at (888) 562-7232 or [email protected], Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

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