What We Do
We manage the Poet Laureate selection process, leverage a network of literary professionals to fuel submittals, and promote Poet Laureate projects and activities on behalf of Santa Clara County.
Who We Serve
As the Poet Laureate administrator, we serve the Santa Clara County Library in their effort to celebrate the art of poetry and make poetry more accessible in the everyday lives of Santa Clara County residents.
Why It’s Important
Poet Laureate programs grow public awareness in the literary arts, foster cross-cultural understanding, and connect us to our heritage and to each other.
What’s Been Done
- Administered the selection process and supported the terms of the Poet Laureates Nils Peterson (2009-2011), Sally Ashton (2011-2013), David Perez (2014-2015), Arlene Biala (2016-2017), and Mike McGee (2018-2019)
- Elevated the Poet Laureates’ community outreach efforts through our network, including Content Magazine features and promotional links to the Poet Laureate blog
- Administered the annual Santa Clara County Poetry Out Loud competition; part of the national Poetry Out Loud program
Applications will be accepted in mid-2019 for the 2020-2021 Santa Clara County Poet Laureate.