Arts Council Napa Valley (ACNV) in partnership with the Napa County Library are accepting nominations for Napa County’s poet laureate, a program of the Napa County Board of Supervisors. Nominations may be made by a cultural organization, such as a poetry society, writers’ group, college or university, local arts and humanities council, or library, or by individuals. The deadline for nominations is midnight on Thursday, Dec. 11.

Nominees should be distinguished poets who are residents of Napa County and who are committed to outreach and the promotion of poetry countywide.

Napa County’s poet laureate is an honorary volunteer position appointed by the Board of Supervisors for a one-year term. The next poet laureate term will begin in January, when the current poet laureate, Leonore Wilson of Napa, finishes her tenure.

According to a news release, as an ambassador for poetry, the Napa County poet laureate is expected to promote citizens’ awareness of poetry as well as heighten appreciation of the art form. The poet laureate forges a meaningful connection between poetry and the community, undertaking projects that make poetry more available and more accessible to people in their everyday lives. During the laureate’s two-year appointment, he/she will officiate at selected public gatherings, initiate a dialogue between poets and the community, inspire others in their writing and personal expression and bring recognition to the history and tradition of poetry in Napa County.

ACNV and Napa County Library will facilitate the nomination process on behalf of Napa County. The final selection and announcement of the Poet Laureate rests solely with the Napa County Board of Supervisors.

Nomination forms and guidelines are available at ArtsCouncilNapaValley.org, or from Colette Schow, ACNV communications assistant, 707-257-2117 ext. 1 or via colette@artscouncilnv.org.

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