The City of Stockton is seeking a Poet Laureate to bring poetry to the community and to foster an appreciation of poetry in the lives of community members a tradition of governing bodies dating back to the 1300s that memorializes special occasions and events through original works of poetry.


The deadline for applications is 4 p.m., January 31, 2019.


The new Poet Laureate will serve as appointed by the City Council for a two-year term, July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021, with one optional additional two-year term, approved upon mutual acceptance. The stipend is $2,000 per year.


Qualified applicants must reside within the city limits of the City of Stockton and remain a resident within the City limits for the entire term(s) of service. Interviews for applicants meeting the qualifications will be scheduled in February 2019.


Interested candidates must complete the application package and include a complete listing of published work and samples of work, such as poetry and literary compositions as directed. The application packet and recruitment details are available at

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