Richmond seeking applicants to become city’s next Poet Laureate

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The City of Richmond is seeking its second Poet Laureate to represent the city.

Dwayne Parish, the city’s first ever Poet Laureate, concluded his two-year term at the end of April.

Established poets who live in Richmond are encouraged to apply to succeed Parish. Candidates must exhibit evidence of their works and a history of advocacy for poetry, according to city officials.

More information on how to apply and what the position of Poet Laureate entails is included in City Manager Bill Lindsay’s newsletter, which was published Tuesday (the related post is below).

Duties of the position include attending certain city, school and library functions, completing specific poem assignments, including a piece about Richmond, and serving as a judge in a local poetry contest.

The Poet Laureate subcommittee is appointed by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission and the Public Art Advisory Committee, and will preside over the appointment process.

Applications are due by June 6 and should be sent either by email or regular mail to or Michele Seville, Arts & Culture Manager, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804.

More info from the City Manager Bill Lindsay’s newsletter: