Eureka Poet Laureate

We believe that poetry is an integral facet of the language of arts and humanity. Poetry invites us to open up our senses in the experience of place, self, and other. Many communities throughout California have local poet laureate programs. In addition, the state has its own poet laureate. The Eureka Poet Laureate Program will play a vital part of enriching the “story” of Eureka. It will bring new people and perspectives into civic life and offer powerful language for expressing the experience of “being here.” Eureka will have both a youth poet laureate and an adult poet laureate. These two poets will serves as “poetry ambassadors” to the city of Eureka.

If you have any questions, please contact us at eurekapoet@inkpeople.org 


Program Timeline

  • The program will be announced on April 16, 2019 during National Poetry Month

  • The application process will begin on May 1, 2019

  • Applications will be due by July 1, 2019

  • Panel review of the applications will occur during July 2019

  • The Art & Culture Commission will nominate the Panel’s selections on August 20, 2019

  • The Poet Laureates will be announced by City Council on September 17, 2019

 

Criteria

  • The poet must submit 3 poems for consideration.

  • The poet must also propose a community project related to poetry that the poet would like

  • to facilitate during of the year.

  • The poet must live or have an art studio within Eureka or within 1 mile of Eureka.

  • The poet must be willing to participate in the duties of poet laureate.

  • A panel of five Eureka judges will decide the poet laureate and the youth poet laureate for

  • the year. At least one youth member will be on the judge’s panel.


Adult Program

The poet laureate will:

  • Write at least 4 poems during year reflecting life in Eureka. (1 poem every 3 months)

  • Participate in a poetry reading related to Eureka at least once in the year.

  • Present one poem at a city council meeting.

  • Plan and execute at least one poetry related project in the community (coordinated by The Ink People).

  • Meet with the youth poet laureate at least once to share poetry and experiences as a writer.

  • Exchange with other poet laureates when the possibility allows

 

In exchange the poet will receive:

  • Nomination by the Eureka Arts and Culture Commission for the California Poet Laureate position.

  • Printing of 10 broadsides or 1 chapbook of the poet’s poems. The poet will receive 5 copies. Other copies may be sold (with 50% of any proceeds going to the poet). Any extra money would go to support the poet laureate program (coordinated by The Ink People).

  • $250 Honorarium (provided by the Development Services Department)

  • Press and public acknowledgement through a press release and mention on the city website and newsletter (released by the City with writing assistance from The Ink People)

  • An Artist Profile in the Ink People’s magazine: Ink News

  • Free one year membership to the Ink People Center for the Arts

  • Recording of their selected poetry on local television (such as Access Humboldt, coordinated by The Ink People)

  • The Eureka Poet Laureate Program will help facilitate poetry exchanges with other poet laureates when possible (coordinated by The Ink People)


 

Youth Program

The youth poet laureate will:

  • Write at least 4 poems in the year reflecting life in Eureka.

  • Participate in a poetry reading related to Eureka at least once in the year.

  • Present one poem at a city council meeting.

  • Meet with the adult poet laureate at least once to share poetry and experiences as a writer

  • Exchange with other poet laureates when the possibility allows


 

In exchange the youth poet will receive:

  • Printing of 10 broadsides or 1 chapbook of the poet’s poems. The poet will receive 5 copies.

  • Other copies may be sold (with 50% of any proceeds going to the poet). Any extra money would go to support the poet laureate program.

  • $125 Honorarium (provided by the Development Services Department)

  • Press and public acknowledgement through a press release and mention on the city website and newsletter

  • An Artist Profile in the Ink People’s magazine: Ink News

  • Free one year membership to the Ink People Center for the Arts

  • Recording of their selected poetry on local television (such as Access Humboldt)

  • The Eureka Poet Laureate Program will help facilitate poetry exchanges with other youth poet laureates when possible