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Call for Nominations: Portland Poet Laureate

Ready to submit a nomination? Please complete this form.

The Portland Poet Laureate is an honorary position given every three years to a resident of Greater Portland who is both an accomplished poet and excellent ambassador in the community, helping to promote and bring new audiences to the art of poetry.

Portland Public Library invites members of the Greater Portland community to nominate our seventh Poet Laureate for the 2021-2024 term.

What Does Portland’s Poet Laureate Do?

Portland’s Poet Laureate spreads appreciation for poetry in a manner of their choosing. With the support of library staff, each Portland Poet Laureate has developed a project or series of projects.

Previous Poets Laureate have:

  • Curated a reading & performance series
  • Given poetry readings and writing workshops in schools and the larger community
  • Placed poems in public spaces
  • Hosted a local access TV show featuring poets
  • Developed an anthology of poems by local poets
  • Written a regular poetry column in the Portland Press Herald
  • Launched an online poetry/spoken word/hip-hop website and curriculum

More information about previous Poets Laureate can be found on our website.


The poet must live in one of the following towns and have lived there for at least a year: Portland, South Portland, Scarborough, Falmouth, Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth, or any of the islands in Casco Bay.

The poet should have both an impressive body of work and a history of being active in the local poetry community, including attending and/or organizing readings, being affiliated with an organization, magazine, or press which promotes poetry, or trying to expose more people to poetry.

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Portland’s 5th Poet Laureate, passes the laurel wreath to Linda Aldrich.

The Nomination Process

To submit your nomination, please complete this form.

Please note that we are not accepting self-nominations at this time. All are welcome to submit a nomination on behalf of someone else. We also ask that you only nominate one person for this Poet Laureate cycle.

You may also choose to submit a nomination letter:

Portland Poet Laureate Committee
c/o Rebecca Starr
5 Monument Square
Portland, ME 04101

Please submit your nomination by May 1st, 2021.

After reviewing submissions, we will contact nominees for more information and a selection of work.


Contact Rebecca Starr, co-chair for the Portland Poet Laureate Committee: