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Poets May Now Apply for Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Post

Selected Poet to Serve from January 2016 through December 2017
Santa Clara County poet laureate
The County of Santa Clara in partnership with Silicon Valley Creates has announced the opening of the application process for selecting the 2016 -2017 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate is an honorary post.  The selected poet’s role is to elevate poetry in the awareness of Santa Clara County residents and to help celebrate the literary arts. The application deadline is September 30, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
 
The honorary post of Santa Clara County Poet Laureate was created by the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors on November 18, 2008. The County works in partnership with Silicon Valley Creates to identify a nominee to fill the two-year post, following appointment by the Board of Supervisors.


The poet laureate post was approved by the Board in November 2008 in an effort to elevate poetry in the awareness of Santa Clara County residents and to help celebrate the literary arts. The Poet Laureate acts as a resource for poetry and literary activities to the Santa Clara County Library, represents the County of Santa Clara through outreach related to poetry, conducts presentations of appropriate works at the annual State of the County ceremony and other selected County sponsored events, as well as at activities to celebrate Poetry Month.

The three Poets Laureate have served to date, Nils Peterson (2009-2011), Sally Ashton (2011-2013)
and  David Perez (2014-2015). During his tenure, among several projects, Peterson created a 100-line poem called “A Family Album, Santa Clara County, 2009.”  Ashton led several projects as well and notably created “Poetry on the Move” that put poetry on VTA railcars and buses. Perez has focused on youth arts education and outreach teaching a poetry workshop series at elementary, middle and high schools.  He also has introduced poetry to the public via a poetry booth at high
profile public events where personalized poems are created for attendees. 
 
To apply to be the 2016-2017 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, see the application guidelines and cover page. The selection process will be administered by Silicon Valley Creates. Applications will be peer-reviewed by established poets by October 2015.  Interviews with finalists will be conducted and completed in November 2015. The recommended Poet Laureate will be announced at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors in December 2015.
For more information, please contact Silicon Valley Creates at grant.apps@svcreates.org or 408-998-2787 ext 204.
 
Applications should be submitted by email to grant.apps@svcreates.org.  Paper submissions can be sent to: Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, Silicon Valley Creates, 38 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113. 
Mission

The Santa Clara County Poet Laureate is an honorary post. The nominee is appointed by the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. The mission of the Poet Laureate is to:

 

  • Elevate poetry in the awareness of Santa Clara County residents and to help celebrate the literary arts;
  • Serve as an advocate for poetry, literature, and the arts;
  • Lead a community project that makes poetry more accessible; and
  • Contribute to Santa Clara County’s poetry and literary legacy.