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About the Poet Laureate Program
Perhaps no city in the United States can claim a greater proportion of its citizens who write, read and love poetry than Santa Fe. It is to recognize and celebrate the importance of poetry in our community that the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission established the position of Poet Laureate in 2005. By honoring a talented and dedicated poet in this public way, the Commission envisions the Poet Laureate as one who will find ways to weave the poetic arts even more widely into the fabric of Santa Fe life.
The Poet Laureate program objectives are to:
* Advocate for and raise the visibility of poetry in the community
* Increase the connection of poets to the public
* Provide recognition of the literary arts by the City of Santa Fe
* Foster poetry learning, both formal and informal
* Offer a platform for interdisciplinary arts and cross-sector pollination and partnerships
Role of Poet Laureate
The Poet Laureate is an honorary position given to a poet who has established a significant literary reputation, demonstrates a commitment to and passion for poetry, and embraces the opportunity to engage in civic discourse.
Read about Past Poets Laureate
The Arts Commission would like to thank The Palace Press, the Santa Fe Community Foundation - Santa Fe Literary Education Designated Fund and other generous individual donors for their support of the Poet Laureate Program