The search has begun for the next Belfast Poet Laureate. The position is open to any resident of Belfast or one of the abutting towns of Belmont, Morrill, Northport, Swanville, Searsport or Waldo. The deadline for applications is Monday, Dec. 1.

The post is a two-year position that begins Jan. 1, 2015. The main role of the Belfast Poet Laureate is to "be Belfastian" — a clever, productive, thoughtful, colorful and well-worded poet to express and convey a poet’s vision of Belfast. It is a chance to combine art with public service.

The Poet Laureate is expected to organize poetry activities and to serve on the Steering Committee of the annual Belfast Poetry Festival. He or she should also be prepared to be stopped on the street to answer deep questions about poetry, maintain a welcoming atmosphere for both emerging and established poets and be the “public poet” of Belfast, the Biggest Little Poetry Town in Maine.

Interested parties should apply directly to the Poet Laureate Search Committee. The first step is to read the information at on the City of Belfast webpage to know what's up on the official side of things. The application should include a cover letter stating interest in the position and why one thinks one would be good in it. What experiences and skills are offered. Those with experience grant writing or fundraising should include that; also mention two or three ideas for poetry events under a prospective tenure. At the end of the tenure, what three words would be the desired summation? Those applying also should include a one-page resume and two pages of their poetry.

All materials should be in one document, emailed by Dec. 1 to Committee Chairwoman Linda Buckmaster,

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