Mayor Dan Drew and the Middletown Commission on the Arts present a             

Call for Nominations for Middletown's Poet Laureate   


• Nominees must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment  

• The poet Laureate must have a strong desire to be actively engaged in the community by performing his or her own work and/or sharing his or her own work and talent with the public. 

• Poets may self-nominate or be nominated by a Middletown resident. 

• Nominees may not be MCA Commissioners or MCA Staff.                        

• Nominees must be full time Middletown residents for at least one year prior to the nomination date.

• Nominees must be experienced in the field of poetry and able to fulfill the required duties of the position.                 


Poet Laureate Opportunities:

• A reception in their honor.

• Promote awareness of poetry in Middletown by participating in city and statewide events as an   official representative of the City of Middletown.                                   

• Promote at least one public event per year or as requested by the Mayor and/or the MCA.

• Foster public appreciation of and participation in poetry and literary arts activities in schools, colleges and the local literary community.

• Represent Middletown within the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate.


Terms of Service:

• The City Poet Laureate will serve for a term of 3 years with the possibility of renewal.

• As an official representative of the City of Middletown, the Poet Laureate must maintain Middletown residency during his or her term.                        

• The City Poet Laureate will be a nonvoting Member of the Middletown Commission on the Arts.