THE SPOKEN WORD

Spoken Word poetry has been the buzz since Amanda Gorman’s amazing poem read and performed at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. One of the requirements of the selected poet for the first-ever Poet Laureate of Las Vegas is that she or he will read poetry at public events as deemed appropriate. There’s more to the responsibilities than that, of course, find the details here. The important thing to know is that the deadline for getting your application in is Friday, Feb. 5.

Eligibility Requirements:

• Poet must live in Las Vegas, NM, or the surrounding community and have lived there for no less than one year, and continue to live in the community throughout the appointment
• Poet’s creative work must reflect the cultural heritage of Las Vegas and/or northern New Mexico
• Poet must have significant publication history including books and/or a variety of journals and media; have received recognition in the field; and demonstrate literary excellence
• Poet must have demonstrated a previous commitment to promoting awareness of poetry
• Poet must be 18 years of age or older

For full details, check out the Call for Applications here.

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