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Nominate the Next State Poet of Nebraska!

By Harriet Staff


Resident of the Cornhusker State?

This year, poets, you can nominate a fellow Nebraska-resident and poet, for the position of State Poet of Nebraska.

From Nebraska Arts Council:

The Nebraska Arts Council (NAC), Humanities Nebraska (HN), and the Nebraska Library Commission (NLC) are seeking nominations for the next Nebraska State Poet, a designation that recognizes and honors a Nebraska poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment. Nominations must be submitted online no later than midnight, CST on July 26, 2013.

Nominations may be made by any organization or individual in the state of Nebraska. To be considered, nominees must indicate their consent to the nomination. All nominations will be reviewed by the State Poet Selection Committee, which is made up of five individuals who are established members of Nebraska’s literary, cultural, education, and academic communi¬ties. After the committee selects finalists, the governor will make the final selection.

State Poet nominations will be collected and reviewed online using the NAC SlideRoom online application site: https://nebraska.slideroom.com. This site includes complete instructions for submitting application materials.

The Nebraska State Poet will be selected based on artistic excellence, exemplary profession¬alism demonstrated by significant publications and special honors, an established history of community service in the advancement of poetry in Nebraska, and the ability to present poetry and interact effectively with a public audience. In addition, the State Poet must be a legal, full-time resident for at least three years prior to the application deadline and must maintain Nebraska residency during the full term of office.

The call is open now, through July 26th, 2013.

Nebraska State Poet is a five year renewable position. The Nebraska State Poet’s duties include: “serving as an advocate for poetry, literacy and literature in Nebraska, giving public presentations and readings, leading workshops and discussions, and providing other outreach in schools, libraries, literary festivals, and various venues in rural and urban communities throughout the state.” William Kloefkorn served as Nebraska’s State Poet for 29 years, until his death in 2011.

To learn more, visit the Nebraska Arts Council’s website.

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Posted in Poetry News on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.