Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, in partnership with Queens Public Library and Queens College, announced the launch of an open call for applications for the next Queens Poet Laureate, a prestigious position charged with promoting a love of poetry and literacy throughout the borough. The announcement comes in time for National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry that takes place each April.

Applicants for the unpaid position of Queens Poet Laureate must be published poets and residents of Queens. The winning candidate will be a talented writer who can also demonstrate that she or he has a compelling vision for the role.

“As the most diverse county in America, Queens seeks a Poet Laureate whose work strikes a universal chord,” Katz said. “The Poet Laureate will also demonstrate an abiding affection for Queens and an ability to convey that affection through inspiring, thought-provoking poetry.”

Applications for the Queens Poet Laureate position will be available at and may be submitted beginning April 29, 2019. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m.  on May 31, to be eligible for consideration.

The selection process is open to published poets who currently reside in Queens and have lived in Queens for at least the past two years. Applicants are expected to submit a writing sample of up to ten pages of their poetry, along with an essay of up to 500 words on why the applicant wants to be the next Queens Poet Laureate. Applicants must also submit a one-  to two-page résumé focused on their poetry-related work (such as the publications where their work has appeared, along with any public readings they have done and any grants, fellowships, awards or other poetry-related recognition they have received).

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