Lamorinda Arts Council “Poet Laureate Application Deadline Extended to Jan. 31, 2018”

Lamorinda Arts Council “Poet Laureate Application Deadline Extended to Jan. 31, 2018”

Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC) president Lawrence Kohl extends an invitation to poets from Lafayette and Orinda to apply for the Poet Laureate position until January 31, 2018.

The Poet Laureate Program (PLP) marks the first opportunity of its kind for our local literary community. Thanks to endorsements from the City Councils of Orinda and Lafayette, the Lamorinda Arts Council PLP will manage and support the Poet Laureate who will serve both Lafayette and Orinda. Poets interested in this position are invited to apply online at The deadline to receive online applications is January 31, 2018 at 5 p.m.

The Poet Laureate will be called upon to write theme-based poetry and read poetry at civic and other events such as public ceremonies and dedications. They will also support the Lamorinda Arts Council PLP activities in the schools and community and serve as a liaison with literary organizations.

The selection committee will review potential candidates and recommend a Poet Laureate to the two city councils to be appointed in early 2018. The Poet Laureate will serve a two year term and receive a yearly $3,000 stipend. Professional poets who live and/or work in the cities of Lafayette or Orinda are eligible. Duties include poems of occasion for community and civic events, poetry events including K-12 schools and more.

If you are interested in volunteering to become involved in the Poet Laureate Program please go to and check the Poet Laureate box to join us organizing poetry events and activities.

About the Lamorinda Arts Council

Founded in 1950 as the Orinda Arts Council, the now Lamorinda Arts Council is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been igniting and sustaining artistic expression and appreciation in the visual, performing and literary arts for people of all ages in our community for over sixty five years. Notable LAC events include Lamorinda Idol, the High School Visual Arts Competition, Lamorinda ShortDocs Film Fest, Art in Public Places, and Orinda Library Art Gallery exhibits. For more information please visit

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