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2021 Poet Laureate Program

Opportunity for a Florida Individual in
Eligible Areas to Become a Poet Laureate

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United Arts of Central Florida and City of Orlando

Deadline Date:

06/18/21 5:00 PM


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Opportunity, including an annual honorarium of $3,000, for a Florida individual in eligible locations to become a Poet Laureate. The opportunity is intended to select a poet who will develop and expand literary engagement with local residents and communities. The purpose of the position is to promote poetry and an appreciation of poetry among the residents of Orlando and to inspire the next generation of poets, literary artists, and readers of literature.

The Orlando Poet Laureate serves as an ambassador for the City of Orlando and the greater Central Florida community, fostering public appreciation of and participation in poetry and literary arts. The Poet Laureate will reflect the diverse and inclusive spirit of the community by promoting literary education in schools and communities, and by sharing poetry with the people of Orlando. Each Poet Laureate will bring his/her unique and different emphasis to the position. 

The Poet Laureate is a ceremonial appointment, and the selected poet will serve as a prominent fixture in the City’s cultural, literary, and visual arts communities, presenting original works of poetry at City events, community gatherings, and youth activities.


  • The Poet Laureate shall present original works of poetry at up to four of the Mayor’s and/or City’s annual events per year, as requested by the City of Orlando.
  • The Poet Laureate will engage with local students and youth in various City Commissioner’s districts and will be featured in United Arts’ directory of available education programs on
  • The City of Orlando will work with the Poet Laureate to facilitate press coverage related to key activities.
  • The Poet Laureate will be featured in an issue of United Arts’ bimonthly publication, Orlando Arts Magazine.
  • The Poet Laureate will be involved in the city’s poetry contest, “Words & Wonders.”
  • The Poet Laureate will advance the cities focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion as a priority of the city of Orlando.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196708

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Poet Laureate will receive an honorarium of $3,000 per year plus reimbursement for approved (related) expenses.

Term of Contract:

The Poet Laureate is appointed for a term of one year, with annual renewals by the Mayor for a total of up to three years based on the City of Orlando’s evaluation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Each nominee must show evidence of achievement in the art of poetry, including substantial publications, and significant recognition or awards.

The nominee must:
- Be a resident of or work in Central Florida (Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia, or Lake County) for at least one year prior to application and must reside in Central Florida for at least ten months of each year.
- Have ties to the City of Orlando and a strong interest in serving the city.
- Show evidence of achievement in the art of poetry, including substantial publications (books, literary magazines, and/or digital media).
- Have received significant literary recognition or awards.
- Demonstrate excellence in promoting awareness or enjoyment of poetry.
- Understand and embrace Orlando’s diverse cultures and history.
- Have documented experience in public speaking, teaching, and/or public performance.
- Be at least 21 years of age and not currently enrolled in a full-time academic program.
- Be able and willing to conduct the public engagement duties of the Poet Laureate
- Demonstrate prior experience working with youth and youth programs.
- Be willing to sign a Letter of Agreement with the City specifying terms.

Past Poets Laureate are not eligible for additional years after the end of their terms of service.

Pre-Application Information:

- April 26, 2021: Mayor announces search
- June 18, 2021, 5:00 PM: Application closes
- July 2021: Search committee reviews applications
- August 2021: Mayor interviews finalists
- October 2021: Announcement of next poet laureate during National Arts & Humanities Month

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