As the designated local arts agency for the City of Tucson and Pima County, The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona provides arts and cultural development services through direct funding, technical assistance, commissions, and contracts to artists and arts organizations.

Through a range of programming, the organization encourages neighborhood, youth, and community involvement in the arts. It provides opportunities for artists and crucial support for arts organizations while enhancing educational opportunities.

Ends on February 1, 2017

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: TUCSON'S POET LAUREATE  

NOMINATION MATERIALS ACCEPTED DECEMBER 1, 2016 – FEBRUARY 1, 2017, 5:00 PM 

 

OVERVIEW 

The City of Tucson, Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, and University of Arizona Poetry Center are pleased to announce an open call for nominations to appoint Tucson's next poet laureate. The selected individual will serve a two- year term to begin March 1, 2017.  Poets laureate may not serve more than three terms. 

The purpose of the Tucson Poet Laureate position is to promote poetry and an appreciation of poetry amongst the general public and to inspire an emerging generation of literary artists and readers of literature. The Tucson Poet Laureate will serve as an ambassador to the literary arts and reflect the spirit of the community by promoting literary education in our schools and communities and bringing poetry to the people in Tucson who have limited access or exposure to the literary arts. 

SELECTION CALENDAR 

Nominations Open: December 1, 2016 
Deadline for Nominations: February 1, 2017, 5:00 PM 
Review Panel to Select 3 Finalists: February 18, 2017 
Final Selection by Tucson Mayor: March 1, 2017 

ELIGIBILITY  

To be eligible for this appointment, all applicants must: 

  • Have been a resident of Tucson for at least two years from the date of nomination;  

  • Reside in this state for at least six months of the year;  

  • Be a poet of stature recognized in the literary, cultural, or education communities;  

  • Have a significant prior record of high quality, published or documented work or service through the literary arts;  

  • Be willing to make presentations throughout the Tucson area.  

SPECIFIC DUTIES 

Tucson poets laureate may be asked to perform the following duties throughout their appointment:  

  • Give four public readings per year;  

  • Compose poems for ceremonial occasions, as requested;  

  • Pursue a major literary project with an emphasis on outreach and education;  

  • Pursue other projects related to poetry and literary arts, such as involvement in the Tucson Festival of Books or other such activities;  

  • Collaborate with other city and state poets laureate (including the Arizona state poet laureate).  

NOMINATION MATERIALS 

Individuals may nominate an individual of their choice or may self-nominate. Nomination materials will be accepted online using this link: http://tucsonpimaartscouncil.submittable.com/submit/72383/tucson-poet-laureate-2016 

Materials emailed or mailed will not be considered.  
 
To begin the nomination process, please collect the following materials:  

  • Complete the cover form with comprehensive contact information (found on our  Submittable.com grant page); 

  • Nominating Statement explaining why the nominee wishes to be considered for the position of poet laureate and what the nominee hopes to accomplish in the office,  not to exceed one page;  

  • One Letter of outside support from an individual, organization or school with recent and direct experience of working with or learning form the nominee; 

  • Nominee's current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) 

  • Writing sample of nominee's work (published or unpublished), not to exceed 10 pages; 

  • Contact information for at least two professional references. 

All nominations will be reviewed by community panel, administered by the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. The final review will result in a list of three individuals, in ranked order, outlining the panel’s recommendations for poet laureate.  The Mayor shall choose the appointee from the submitted list within 30 days of receipt of panel recommendations. The Tucson Poet Laureate will receive a $2,500 stipend during the two-year term. 

Questions related to the nomination process should be directed to: info@artsfoundtucson.org