Belfast seeks next Poet Laureate

Nov 10, 2012

Belfast — The City of Belfast seeks a new Poet Laureate for a two-year term. Applicants must be a resident of Belfast or one of the abutting towns of Waldo, Morrill, Northport, Belmont, Swanville or Searsport.

Qualifications have been stated as be Belfastian, clever, productive, thoughtful, colorful and a well-worded poet to express and convey a vision of Belfast. This is a chance to combine art with public service, organize poetry activities, be prepared to be stopped on the street to answer deep questions about poetry, serve on the steering committee of the annual Belfast Poetry Festival, maintain a welcoming atmosphere for both emerging and established poets — in short, to be the “public poet” of Belfast, the Biggest Little Poetry Town in Maine.

Members of this year’s Poet Laureate Committee are Roger Lee, Belfast City Council representative; Thomas Maycock, a lifelong student of Irish poetry; David Estey, representing the arts community; Brenda Harrington of the Belfast Free Library; Elizabeth Garber, past Belfast Poet Laureate; and Joshua Bodwell, executive director of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.

Both applications and nominations are welcome. To apply, send a one-page letter with qualifications and vision for performing the post’s duties; also attach a copy of a Belfast-oriented poem. Those who are nominated will be asked to send in the application materials. For more information, to nominate or apply, send email to Garber at ewgarber@gmail.com.

All applications must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. The new Poet Laureate will be announced in early December and inaugurated during the Belfast New Year’s By the Bay celebration.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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