The judges will be the five former and current Lake County Poets Laureate, and the application deadline is Jan. 15, 2010.
After the judges make their choice in March, the Lake County Board of Supervisors will appoint that person to represent the county.
Many people wonder what a poet laureate does. According to the proclamation written by the Board of Supervisors, the job is to “encourage poetry and writing among Lake County residents by stimulating literacy and creativity in spoken and written form.” Over the years, each poet laureate has found his or her own way of doing this.
In Lake County, the poet laureate is a volunteer position. However, some poets have applied for and received grants to perform certain functions, such as conducting workshops.
Any Lake County resident can apply for the position or nominate someone they think would do a good job.
Here is how to apply:
collect up to eight of your original poems (10 pages maximum);
ask another poet to write a letter of recommendation for you;
write a statement describing how you have served Lake County’s literary community in the past, and how you’d like to serve the community as Poet Laureate;
if any of your poems have been published, list their titles, and the names of the publications and dates they were published.
Send five copies of each of these items in one package to Mary McMillan, P.O. Box 1236, Kelseyville 95451. Send your application before Jan. 15, 2010.
If you don’t want to apply for the position yourself, you may nominate someone. Just send a letter or email with the following information about the person you are nominating: the person’s contact information (name, address, phone number) and a short statement about why you are nominating them. Send this information in an email to Mary McMillan firstname.lastname@example.org or in a letter to the P.O. box above.
For more information, write an email or letter to Mary McMillan at one of the addresses above.