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APPLY NOW: Alexandria Searching for Next Poet Laureate

Nominations accepted through Jan 10. Term begins April 1

Alexandria is looking for its next poet laureate. KaNikki Jakarta’s three-year term will end March 31, 2022. (Photo Steven Halperson, Tisara Photography)


ALEXANDRIA, VA – The City of Alexandria is looking for its next poet laureate. If you love the Port City and writing poetry, it could be you. Every laureate must serve a three-year term, and KaNikki Jakarta’s will be completed March 31, 2022.

Online nominations are being accepted through Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. Nominate yourself or someone else. The new laureate’s term begins April 1.

A recent Alexandria eNews bulletin says, “[t]he role of the City’s poet laureate is to promote an appreciation of poetry as an art form; to encourage creative writing and reading of all forms of literature; and to promote literacy through poetry.”

To qualify, individuals must:

1) Distinguish themselves in the field of poetry through their body of work
2) Be a resident of the Alexandria for a minimum of one year while maintaining residency through the three-year term
3) Be 18 years of age or older

Nominees will be judged by a committee, which will give its recommendation to the city. The poet laureate is a ceremonial role, so the person chosen must create and present work suitable for all audiences.

For more details about the nomination and selection process, view the application HERE.

The poet laureate program was reestablished in 2007. Past incumbents include Mary McElveen, Amy Young, Tori Lane Kovarik, Ryan Wojanowski, and Wendi Kaplan.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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