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Boston Poet Laureate application deadline extended

July 8, 2014

Mayor's Office

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Mayor's Office

 The Mayor's Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment has extended the deadline for Poet Laureate applications. The new deadline for applications is Wednesday, July 16, at 5:00 p.m.

In April, Mayor Martin J. Walsh launched the search for Boston’s next Poet Laureate and assembled a diverse and distinguished search committee. The 2014 Poet Laureate Search Committee is comprised of nine individuals who contribute in significant ways to City of Boston poetry and literature, and reflect a variety of writing traditions, life experiences, and backgrounds.

The City’s Poet Laureate is tasked with raising the status of poetry in the everyday consciousness of Bostonians, acting as an advocate for poetry, language and the arts, and creating a unique artistic legacy through public readings and civic events. The city’s poet laureate program was established in 2008 to highlight literary arts in Boston and to promote appreciation of poetry to its residents. The Poet Laureate is a ceremonial appointment.

The application can be found on the City of Boston’s website:

For further information, call 617-635-1238 or visit