Nominations are now being sought for the Silver City area’s sixth Poet Laureate, following the tenures of Bonnie Buckley Maldonado, Elise Stuart, Beate Sigriddaughter and Jack Crocker, and Eve West Bessier.
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 must be over the age of 21 and self-nominated. They must also be residents of Grant County who have exhibited demonstrable ties to the community. The person selected for the post will serve a two-year term based on the calendar year, with the option – granted in consultation with the Selection Committee – of extending the term to three years.
The main duty of the Poet Laureate is to promote poetry in the community. An additional duty may be to present an original commemorative poem at one or two public events as determined by the Southwest Word Fiesta and/or the Silver City Town Council.
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 16, 2021 to Professor Heather Frankland: Heather.Frankland@wnmu.edu, WNMU Humanities Department, 1000 W. College Ave., Silver City, NM 88061. Please contact Professor Frankland if you would like more information.