CALLING ALL POETS: Search for First Litchfield Poet Laureate Begins!

Posted on
February 1, 2021
Town Hall


Search for First Litchfield Poet Laureate Begins!

FEBRUARY 1--The Town of Litchfield has officially announced its search for a Poet Laureate.  It joins more than 30 other towns in Connecticut that have created this position hoping to encourage the appreciation of poetry, good writing and the spoken word.  This is an extraordinary opportunity for someone with a passion for poetry. 

On February 15th, the Oliver Wolcott Library will begin to accept applications for this new appointment.  Applicants must reside or pay taxes in the Town of Litchfield, be 18 years or older and willing to serve for a term of three years. They must demonstrate both a knowledge of and passion for classical and contemporary poetry, be a confidant public speaker, and be able to get along with the diverse members of our community. In addition, they should have published at least one poem in some medium or have been otherwise recognized for their work. 

Litchfield’s Poet Laureate will be required to take the lead in some or all of the following activities: 

•Present a poem at one of our town’s celebrations

•Host a poetry discussion at our library

•Celebrate Poetry Month each April

•Engage school-aged children in our community with poetry, including but not limited to at least one workshop event 

•Come up with other ideas that will stimulate and involve the town at large

•Report periodically to the First Selectman

Everyone who meets the qualifications is encouraged to apply! Please include the following materials: 

•Three original poems

•Two ideas of what you would like to do or accomplish in your term

•A cover letter that highlights your qualifications and interest in the position

•A list or resume that focuses on your accomplishments or experiences in the realm of poetry

Applications will be accepted from February 15th until March 15th by email only at

Contact: Michael Kazan