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Portland Poet Laureate Program

The Portland Poet Laureate is an honorary position awarded every 3 years to a resident of the Greater Portland area who is both an accomplished poet and an excellent ambassador within the community, helping to promote and win new audiences to the art of poetry. The Poet Laureate Program runs on volunteer power, drawing on a local group of poets and poetry lovers who serve as a selection committee and assist with projects.

Current Portland Poet Laureate

The current Portland Poet Laureate is Maya Williams, who was inaugurated on July 1, 2021. Read more

History of the Portland Poet Laureate

See how the program got started and read about the previous Poets Laureate. Read more

Upcoming Poet Laureate Events

Poetry Across

Join us in 2022 across social and online distancing to embark on a journey showing how fulfilling poetry can be! Portland Poet Laureate Maya Williams and their special guests will explore poetry’s intersection and interaction with health, identity, artistic expression, and more.