Calling for Applications for the New Position of Taos Poet Laureate!

The town of Taos and SOMOS are collaborating on selecting an inaugural Taos Poet Laureate, who will begin their two-year term on January 1, 2018. The following is a description of the position followed by the application process.
Selection Criteria:
• Resident of Taos or the surrounding area, who has lived here for at least five years, with    deep connections to the tri-cultural life of the region
• Must be at least 18 years old
• Be actively writing/participating in the literary community
• Demonstrable literary excellence, with a significant body of work
• Positive influence on other writers
• Have an appreciation of literature in its diversity throughout the state
• Existing local, statewide, or national reputation
• Ability and willingness to conduct outreach and public engagement activities
• Be willing to serve as the Taos Poet Laureate for a minimum of two year

He or she will have the opportunity to design a long-term project or program of special interest, with the support of the Town of Taos, SOMOS, and other potential partners. From time to time the poet laureate may be called upon to write a poem commemorating an occasion of historic and/or cultural importance.

The position is an honorary one, but it will be accompanied by a small stipend of $3,000(1500/year) to support speaking engagements and outreach events. Strong candidates will have the time and energy to dive head first into this brand-new program and help us define a vision for the promotion of poetry and literature in & around Taos.

Application process:

Submit no more than three poems and a vision statement (no more than one page) of how you plan to serve as the inaugural Taos Poet Laureate, including your involvement with the literary community, and a project you’d like to develop with the collaboration of the town and SOMOS, as well two references. You may (optional) add a second page which lists programs, events, readings, and community activities you’ve been involved with over the past five years. Please forward completed applications by November 10, 2017, to somos@somostaos.org with the heading: Taos Poet Laureate; and do not include any identifying information on any of the submitted pages. The applications will then be forwarded to the four judges (Deborah Rael-Buckley, Kathleen Knoth, Joshua Concha and Nathaniel Evans) who will select their choice by the beginning of December, 2017.