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August 13, 2013 > Poets Can Now Apply for Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Post

Poets Can Now Apply for Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Post

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng

The honorary post of Santa Clara County Poet Laureate was created by the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors on November 18, 2008. The County works in partnership with Silicon Valley Creates, formerly Arts Council Silicon Valley, to identify a nominee to fill the two-year post, following appointment by the Board of Supervisors.

The County of Santa Clara in partnership with Silicon Valley Creates has announced the opening of the application process for selecting the 2014-2016 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate. Poet Laureate is an honorary post; the selected poet's role is to elevate poetry in the awareness of Santa Clara County residents and to help celebrate the literary arts. The application deadline is September 30, 2013, 5:00 p.m.

"Through poetry activities, the Santa Clara County Poet Laureate will engage the public in help to create a poetic identity of Santa Clara County and showcase the spirit of its people," said Supervisor Ken Yeager, President of the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. "Poetry is a wonderful way to commemorate the rich and diversified culture of Santa Clara County."

Two Poets Laureate have served to date, Nils Peterson (2009-2011) and Sally Ashton (2011-2013). During his tenure, among several projects, Peterson created a 100-line poem called "A Family Album, Santa Clara County, 2009." Ashton led several projects as well and notably created "Poetry on the Move" that put poetry on VTA railcars and buses.

The selection process will be administered by Silicon Valley Creates. Applications will be peer-reviewed by established poets by October 2013. Interviews with finalists will be conducted and completed in November 2013. The recommended Poet Laureate will be announced at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors in December 2013.

Application guidelines are available at and at For more information, please contact Silicon Valley Creates at or 408-998-2787 ext 214. Applications should be submitted by email to Paper submissions can be sent to: Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, Silicon Valley Creates, 4 North Second Street, Suite 500, San Jose, CA 95113.

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