Ends on February 1, 2019

Thank you for your Colorado Poet Laureate nomination.  Any organization or individual may nominate poets for consideration. Nominators should work closely with their choice to submit the nomination form and information requested. Self-nomination is also an option. The Colorado Poet Laureate must be a legal, full-time Colorado resident for at least three years prior to the nomination deadline. The Poet Laureate must also remain a resident of Colorado during the term of office and must pass a standard background check. Nominations must be submitted no later than February 1, 2019. If you are nominating someone else, please ask him or her to help you complete the required submissions.

Please submit the following:

A completed Colorado Poet Laureate Nomination includes 

A) The fields in this form

B) One page maximum answer to each of the following questions:
1. What is your vision of the role of a Poet Laureate?
2. Why would you like to be selected as the Poet Laureate of Colorado?

C) Resume

D) Name and phone number of three references

E) List of publications and poetry readings

F) Up to ten pages of poetry

G) Video of a poetry reading (not more than five minutes) in .mp4 or .mov format

If you do not have all your files ready to upload when you create your account, please select SAVE DRAFT. Once you are ready to complete the full upload, click the submit button. 

If you have any questions, please contact Brynda Shingles at shingles@coloradohumanities.org or (303) 894-7951 x11.

The Poet Laureate position was created to promote an appreciation of poetry in Colorado and to honor outstanding Colorado poets. The Poet Laureate serves as an active advocate for poetry, literacy, and literature by participating in readings and other events at schools, libraries, literary festivals, and the State Capitol. The Poet Laureate will also provide the Governor with an annual account of the impact and success of the Colorado Poet Laureate program.

The selection of Poet Laureate will be based on artistic excellence, a demonstrated history of community service in the advancement of poetry, and the ability to present poetry effectively. A review panel will be convened to review nominations and make recommendations to the Governor, who will make the final selection. Complete nominations will be accepted November 15, 2018 through February 1, 2019. The Poet Laureate chosen by the Governor will serve a four-year term beginning in July 2019. 

Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book and Colorado Creative Industries annually supply the poet laureate with $2,000 honoraria and up to $2,000 travel expenses per year related to public presentations.

Please note: if you have not used Submittable before, you may have to create an account before beginning the nomination process.