Be The Next Kenosha/Racine Poet Laureate

The Kenosha/Racine Poets Laureate Program is seeking applications from June 1 through August 5, 2017 for the position of Racine Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate serves as an ambassador for poetry, encouraging creative expression and literacy, while celebrating the power and beauty of language in the greater Racine area. The person in this position writes and shares their work in public appearances, workshops and exhibits, and engages the public to find and share their own voice.

Applications and more information are available at the Racine Public Library, online at the Library website, www.racinelibrary.info and on the Left of the Lake website, www.leftofthelake.com. Completed applications and supporting documents should be delivered to the Racine Public Library, Poet Laureate Program,  75 7th Street, Racine, WI 53403 or sent to poets@leftofthelake.com. Questions on applying or on the program should be directed to Nick Demske of Racine Public Library at nick.demske@racinelibrary.info or (262) 619-2570.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by November 1, 2017 and reside in Racine County, including its city, towns and villages. They need to have access to reliable transportation, either public or private, and agree to maintain residency in Racine County during the term of appointment to this position.

Dependent on availability of funds and approval of the program’s committee on their use, the Poet Laureate may attend conferences, seminars and workshops and/or finance their creative project, along with other items related to the purpose of the Program. The Committee strives to obtain adequate funding for the Program through grants and donations.

This is the fourth time that a Poet Laureate will be crowned in Racine. Past recipients include Darin Zimpel and Stephen Kalmar II (2011-13),  Nick Ramsey (2013-15), and Jessie Lynn McMains (2015-17).  The program’s committee also appoints the Poet Laureate of Kenosha and encourages the poets from both communities to work together to further the mission of the program.

The program is made possible through the Racine Public Library and Kenosha Public Library, in cooperation with Left of the Lake, LLC, a small press publisher, arts magazine, and art gallery, showcasing the work of artists and authors from southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

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