Chapel Hill Poet Laureate Application

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Calling Local Poets

We’re looking for the next Chapel Hill Poet Laureate! This position inspires creativity and celebrates community through poetry, public programs, and shared poetry experiences.

The Poet Laureate is an ambassador for poetry by fostering connections to the poetry community and by enhancing the social and civic life of the Chapel Hill community at large.

TERM: Two year appointment (January 2023 – December 2024)

COMPENSATION: $3,000 for a two year appointment, paid in two annual distributions of $1,500

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Poet Laureate will work with Town staff and stakeholders to jointly design a timeline of deliverables during his/her/their tenure. Deliverables may include but are not limited to:

  • Write poems for special community occasions.
  • Perform at key community moments like festivals, events, and council meetings.
  • Create experiences for poetry to be shared in the community.
  • Workshops or training opportunities.
  • Regularly scheduled meetings.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 5 p.m. on Monday, September 19

  • Be a poet with little, some, or substantial work published, with active projects in the last five (5) years.
  • A personal or professional connection to Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • Residency in Chapel Hill is preferred, but not required.
  • Submit application materials using the directions below.

Community Arts & Culture aims to inspire creativity and celebrate community for a better Chapel Hill.  We value inclusion, experience, and understanding, and encourage submissions of work to reflect these values.


The Town of Chapel Hill reserves the right to refuse any or all submissions or works, to refuse any finalist, and to waive informalities in procedures should it be determined that submissions or works are not adequate, or for any other reason prior to a written arrangement being reached.

Learn about the current Poet Laureate