Arts Council of Greater Lansing Seeks Next Lansing Poet Laureate

February 2, 2024 - ACGL

The Lansing Poet Laureate program was created to bring poetry to the Greater Lansing community in a way that engages and inspires them and allows them to perceive poetry from new perspectives. Its goal is to expand access to the literary arts and center poetry as a vehicle for community building and creating a sense of place. The program was launched in 2017 by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) with support from the Lansing Poetry Club and RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University. In 2023, the program transitioned to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing which will administer the program with continued sponsorship from LEAP.

What is the Poet Laureate?

The Lansing Poet Laureate is an advocate and ambassador for poetry who works to break down barriers and reframe traditional assumptions about poetry, presenting it as a medium of creative expression that gives a voice to all and has no boundaries. The laureate engages the region’s residents by offering accessible workshops and readings that illustrate how poetry belongs to everyone and can live anywhere. Through their work, the laureate supports Greater Lansing’s commitment to fostering a creative environment that encourages collaboration, innovation and community participation that helps our community grow and flourish.

How do I submit an application or nomination?

Applicants 18 years of age and older who reside in the Greater Lansing region (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties) and who meet all of the application criteria are invited to apply to the Poet Laureate Program. Complete guidelines and requirements are available at the link below. Community members are also invited to submit a nomination for poet laureate via the link below.

Nomination deadline is February 26, 2024.

Application deadline is 11:59 p.m., March 15, 2024. No Late submissions will be accepted.

For more information, to nominate someone or to apply, click here.