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Mayor Stanton and Councilwoman Pastor Announce Nomination Effort for Inaugural Phoenix Poet LaureateMayor Stanton and Councilwoman Pastor Announce Nomination Effort for Inaugural Phoenix Poet Laureate<div class="ExternalClass731E4F4ECA58422CA3CE7AFE5F97CBD2"><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>PHOENIX – The City will select its first Poet Laureate early next year, Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilwoman Laura Pastor announced today. Stanton and Pastor -- who chairs the Parks, Arts, Education and Equality subcommittee – called out writers to apply and outlined the nomination process to celebrate Arts and Humanities Month this October. Supported by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and the Phoenix Public Library, the selected poet laureate will begin a two-year term beginning January 2017.</p><p>"Phoenix is a city overflowing with artistic talent and inspiration," Stanton said. "We're looking for a writer who will inspire us all and has the ability to capture and evoke what makes our community so unique and diverse."</p><p>"With written and spoken word poetry flourishing in Phoenix, now seems like the appropriate time to select a local poet to represent our City," said Councilwoman Pastor. "We want our poet laureate not only to promote an appreciation of poetry and literature but also to work closely with our young people – the next generation of writers and readers in our community."</p><p>The Phoenix poet laureate will serve a term of two years; will offer public readings; write occasional poems, and will pursue a major literary project over the course of the appointment term. Requirements to apply include Phoenix residency and a significant record of high-quality, published or documented work or service through the literary arts.</p><p>Interested parties may nominate themselves or others for the position of Phoenix Poet Laureate through a process managed by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. The initial deadline for nominations is November 4, 2016. To review details and information regarding the nomination/application and selection process, visit <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1308971/3410009/18634/3/">http://phoenix.gov/arts/poet-laureate</a>.</p><p> </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Background</span></p><p>The United States Poet Laureate (or Consultant in Poetry) was established in 1937; the current U.S. Poet Laureate is Juan Felipe Herrera (formerly the California poet laureate). A majority of states have established an official poet laureate.  Alberto Álvaro Ríos became Arizona's first State Poet Laureate in August 2013.</p><p>While numerous cities nominate a poet laureate, some of the largest cities in America created a City poet laureate position in 2012 and 2013, including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Houston, and San Antonio.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, established by the Phoenix City Council in 1985, works to foster a sense of cultural identity, celebrate diversity and ensure an outstanding quality of community life.   The Office is advised by the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission.  For more information on the Office of Arts and Culture, visit phoenix.gov/arts or call 602-262-4637.  Follow the Office of Arts and Culture on Facebook: <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1308971/3410009/18092/6/">www.facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture</a>.  </p></div>10/3/2016 4:00:00 PMMatt Hamada602-262-6213