PORTLAND, Oregon — The Oregon Poet Laureate Program is now accepting nominations for the state’s next graduate poet. Over the course of a two-year term, the graduate poet promotes the art of poetry, encourages literacy and learning, addresses core issues related to the humanities and heritage, and reflects on public life in Oregon. Nominations for the position will be accepted until January 10, 2022. The next graduate poet will begin his term in May 2022.
Anis Mojgani, the current graduate poet from Oregon, states, “A poet is a witness who imagines, and through these acts he gives us permission to do the same. For the times we find ourselves in, we have to be extremely imaginative, so having a position for Oregon to promote and promote this imagination is a beautiful importance and gift to our state. “
Previous Oregon winning poets include Elizabeth Woody of Warm Springs, Kim Stafford of Portland, the late Peter Sears of Corvallis, and Lawson Inada of Medford.
During his tenure, the winning poet will hold a minimum of 10 public readings / events per year in state settings, demonstrating the value and importance of poetry and creative expression for business, community and state leaders.
Applicants must be current Oregon residents and have lived in the state for at least ten years. They must be publicly recognized as poets and well regarded for excellence in their work; have a significant body of work published or performed; and accepts the conditions and duration of the assignment. To nominate a poet, fill out the online application form at oregonpoetlaureate.org. Poets of all sub-genres and styles will be considered, including prose, slam poetry and cowboy poetry.
The Poet Laureate program is a collaborative project of the state’s five cultural partners: Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities, and State Historic Preservation Office, with funding provided by the Oregon Cultural Trust.
The Cultural Trust is an innovative statewide public-private program that uses a single tax credit to raise significant funds to support and protect Oregon’s arts, humanities, and heritage. In addition to the creation of a permanent endowment, the funds are distributed annually through three multifaceted and wide-ranging grant programs. No other state in the nation has a program like the Oregon Cultural Trust, which has been ranked with the Bill on the Bottle and the Ballot by Mail Bill among Oregon’s most forward-thinking public policy measures. More information on culturaltrust.org.
Oregon Humanities connects people and communities through conversation, storytelling and participation programs to inspire understanding and collaborative change. Learn more about our programs and publications, which include Conversation Project, Consider This, Humanity in Perspective, Public Program Grants, Responsive Program Grants and Humanities Studies of Oregon magazine: can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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