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Posted on: July 18, 2022

Town of Carrboro seeking applications for poet laureate position

Carrboro Poet Laureate

The Arts Committee of the Town of Carrboro seeks applications for the position of Poet Laureate of Carrboro, for a two-year term that will begin January 1, 2023, and expire December 31, 2024. 

Established in 2002, the central duty of the poet laureate is to engage in activities that enhance the presence of poetry in the social and civic life of Carrboro. These activities include, but are not limited to, working with the Town of Carrboro Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources Department staff for the planning of and participation in the West End Poetry Festival (held annually in October), Carrboro Day, outreach to local schools, and weekly readings at Carrboro Town Council meetings (View past weekly readings here: https://www.carrboronc.gov/2593/Poetry-Readings-During-Town-Council-Meet). The Poet Laureate will work in conjunction with the Carrboro Poets Council (a subcommittee of the Arts Committee). Residency in Carrboro is preferable, but not required. The Poet Laureate receives an annual honorarium in the amount of $2,500.  

Carrboro Poet Laureate Fred Joiner will continue to serve in the role through Dec. 31, 2022. Learn more about Fred and his work via http://www.fredjoiner.com/

About Carrboro, N.C. 
Carrboro is recognized as one of the country’s Top 5 Small Arts Towns. Sometimes referred to as The Paris of the Piedmont, the town of Carrboro has carved out a niche for itself as a thriving arts community. Many exceptionally creative artists and craftspeople call Carrboro home. It is a thriving, inviting place for artists and artisans. Learn more at https://www.carrboronc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2039

In Carrboro, Southern hospitality means everyone is welcome, and the folks here are curious about the world, engaged in their community, and lovers of the arts. The community encourages creativity and innovation. From festivals to farmers’ markets and everything in between, Carrboro strives to be a place where folks from all walks of life can work together to make it the best it can be. 

More Information and To Apply 
Those who wish to apply for consideration may access the application online at www.carrboronc.gov/poetlaureate  All application materials must be received by August 31, 2022. 

  • Please complete the online application form or email all application materials to arts@carrboronc.gov
  • If you have questions regarding the Poet Laureate program, please contact arts@carrboronc.gov or 919-918-7377.

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