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Maryland Poet Laureate

Maryland Poet Laureate

 

(Nominations are now closed. The deadline was August 10, 2018. A decision is expected in October or November and will be announced by the Governor's office at that time.)

 
The Poet Laureate position was formally established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1959 (Chapter 178, Acts of 1959; Code State Government Article, sec. 13-306) and authorizes the Governor to appoint a citizen of the State as Poet Laureate of Maryland.  
 
Nine Poet Laureates have served for the State since the inception of this Act in 1959.  Past Poet Laureates include (in order of service):  Maria B. Coker, Vincent Godfrey Burns, Lucille Clifton, Reed Whittemore, Linda Pastan, Roland Flint, Michael Collier, Michael Glaser, and Stanley Plumly.
 
NOMINATIONS RECEIVED FOR 2018 APPOINTMENT:
 
*This list does not include those who declined the nomination*
 
Ned Balbo
Grace Cavalieri
Therese Hamilton
Joseph Harrison
Louise Kennelly
Gerry LaFemina
Robert Earl Price
Seema Reza
Joseph Ross
Bruce Sager
Jane Satterfield
Sue Ellen Thompson
 
TERM OF SERVICE:
 
The Poet Laureate of Maryland is an honorary State position in which the individual selected will serve at the discretion of the Governor for up to a four-year term renewable by the Governor’s consent.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES:
 
The Poet Laureate will provide public readings for the citizens of Maryland, ensuring that people in all geographic regions of the State have access to at least one reading during the term of service. The Poet Laureate will undertake projects that make poetry more available and accessible to citizens of Maryland of all ages. Should the Poet Laureate serve during an election year, he/she will write and read a poem specifically for the governor's inauguration. As an honorary position the Poet Laureate will not receive compensation, though limited reimbursement for expenses incurred in the performance of duties is available.
 
ELIGIBILITY:
 
• Nominee must be a six month legal resident of the State;
• Nominee must be available and able to travel throughout the State;
• Nominee must demonstrate a proven history of substantial publication of individual poems and/or books, including at least one work that is not self-published or by a vanity press; 
• Nominee must have received critical acclaim as demonstrated by special honors, awards, or other recognitions.
 
WHO MAY NOMINATE:
 
Poet Laureate nominations may come from any organization located in or individual residing in the State of Maryland. Self-nominations are acceptable. The person nominated must be contacted and agree to the nomination prior to submitting and may only be nominated once. Additional nominations or out-of-state nominations will not be accepted. 
 
Nominations may only be received via electronic submission. Letters of support are not required and will not be accepted. 
 
NOMINATION DEADLINE: (Nominations are now closed.)
 
Nominations must be submitted by Friday, August 10, 2018 via electronic submission (Google Form). Applications will not be accepted via fax or e-mail. Failure of technology, the form, or Internet service close to the deadline date will not result in an extension. 
 
POET LAUREATE REVIEW COMMITTEE:
 
A diverse committee of qualified individuals who represent various arts and humanities communities throughout the state will convene to review nominations for the position of Poet Laureate of Maryland.  The Committee will forward their recommendation to the Governor and First Lady for final review and appointment.
 
SELECTION DATE:
 
The selection of the Poet Laureate is expected in October/November 2018.
 
INQUIRIES/QUESTIONS:
 
For further information regarding the Maryland Poet Laureate position please contact Okeena Stephenson, Poet Laureate Selection Coordinator, at 410-767-8832 or e-mail okeena.stephenson@maryland.gov
 
If you need assistance in using this form, please contact the MSAC office at 410-767-6555 or TDD/TTY: 410-333-4519
 
 
 
FORMER MARYLAND POET LAUREATE STANLEY PLUMLY - 2009 - 2012

Stanley Plumly and Governor Martin O'Malley at press conference announcing Plumly's appointment.

Stanley Plumly was appointed the ninth Poet Laureate of Maryland on October 1, 2009 by Governor Martin O'Malley. He is the author of nine books of poetry, including Old Heart (Norton, 2008), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2007. Most recently, Mr. Plumly has authored Posthumous Keats (Norton, 2008), a “personal biography” of the English poet, John Keats, which has received widespread critical acclaim by reviewers for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, among others, and his poems, essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in many of the country’s best periodicals and newspapers.

Stanley Plumly is the recipient of numerous awards including eight Pushcart Prizes, the Paterson Poetry Prize (2007), an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2002), and a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation (2001).

The Poet Laureate position was formally established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1959 (Chapter 178, Acts of 1959; Code State Government Article, sec. 13-306) and authorizes the Governor to appoint a citizen of the State as Poet Laureate of Maryland.

Poet Laureates have served for the State since the inception of this Act in 1959. Past Poet Laureates include (in order of service): Maria B. Coker, Vincent Godfrey Burns, Lucille Clifton, Reed Whittemore, Linda Pastan, Roland Flint, Michael Collier, and Michael Glaser.

The Poet Laureate of Maryland is an honorary State position in which the individual selected will serve at the discretion of the Governor for up to a four-year term renewable by the Governor’s consent. The Poet Laureate will provide public readings for the citizens of Maryland, ensuring that people in all geographic regions of the State have access to at least one reading during the term of service. As an honorary position the Poet Laureate will not receive compensation, though limited reimbursement for expenses incurred in the performance of duties is available.

Stanley Pumly Information and Interviews

The photos below are from the Poet Laureate's rcent visit to Parkville High School in Baltimore County, Maryland.


Stanley Plumly, Maryland Poet Laureate


Audience members listen to the Poet Laureate


From left to right: Stephen Devorah (English Department), Laura Revere (English Chairperson), Stephen Edgar (Principal), Stanley Plumly (Poet Laureate), Judy Dobbs (Program Officer, Maryland Humanities Council).

The photo above is from the Poet Laureate's visit to the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped through the Maryland Humanities Council's Speakers Bureau on April 15, 2010.

Contact: Christine Stewart, Program Director, 410-767-6476