Search Begins for Silver City Area’s Second Poet Laureate

BonnieNominations are now being sought for the Silver City area’s second Poet Laureate, following Bonnie Buckley Maldonado’s tenure as the first.

This honorary position is awarded to a person who has established a presence in the world of poetry, has demonstrated a commitment to the literary art form, and who embraces the opportunity to engage in civil discourse.

Candidates for the post may be either self-nominated or nominated by another person, and must be over the age of 21. Candidates must be residents of Grant County and must have exhibited demonstrable ties to the community. The person selected for the post will serve a two-year term based on the calendar year.

Among the duties of the Poet Laureate will be to present an original commemorative poem at at least two public events as determined by the Southwest Festival of the Written Word and/or the Silver City Town Council, and to promote poetry in the community.

To apply, please send a 1-2 page statement describing your qualifications, including publications and teaching experience; an outline of your plans for the role and how you will make a difference in the community; and 3-5 of your poems (which may be in English and/or Spanish). The process may also involve a short interview with the Selection Committee. All applications must be sent by April 18, 2014 to JJ Wilson at or or 4229 N. Swan St, Silver City, NM 88061. Please see the Poet Laureate Program page for more information, and contact JJ if you have questions.

One Commentto Search Begins for Silver City Area’s Second Poet Laureate

  1. What a fabulous idea to have a local poet laureate! I live down the road in El Paso and Las Cruces. Wish LC or ELP would establish such a program!

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