Call to the Community

The Annapolis Art in Public Places Commission (AIPPC) has created the position of Poet Laureate for the City of Annapolis to support a greater appreciation of local people, places, history, and communal belonging through the reading and writing of poetry. The Poet Laureate is the poetic voice of the City, and in undertaking this role, will participate in public events, perform and speak to the public, and reach out to the community to encourage appreciation of poetry and literary arts. 

The AIPPC seeks applications for the position by Friday, April 20, 2018.

Applications from poets from all walks of life and writing in all poetry forms are welcome. In order to be considered for the position, applicants must either live, work, or attend an academic institution within the City of Annapolis; be at least 18 years old; and be distinguished in the field of poetry as demonstrated through a body of work, published or unpublished. 

Selection Panel
The Poet Laureate will be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Annapolis in July 2018 for a term of two years, following the recommendation of the AIPPC selection panel. Panelists for the 2018-2020 term are:

Co-Chairs:  Barbara Salazar Torreon and Gwen Manseau
John Beall, St. John’s College
John Beckman, U.S. Naval Academy
V.P. Loggins
William Rowel, City of Annapolis
Minnie Warburton

How to Apply
Further information regarding guidelines and application procedures may be found at or by inquiring via email: or phone: (443) 692-7876

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