Completed applications are due via email by 5:00 PM Friday, February 20.
· At least 18 years of age and a non-student
· A Kansas resident for the previous 3 years and remain a resident throughout the Poet Laureate term (through April 2017)
· Available to travel statewide to 12 events per year at Kansas nonprofit organizations such as libraries, art or community centers, and museums. Statewide reach is of utmost importance to the mission of KHC and the Poet Laureate program.
· Have at least one book of original poetry published by a commercial or small press (not vanity press or self-publication)
· Willing to meet with KHC donors and speak at KHC fundraising events
Current KHC board members or staff, past Poets Laureate, and undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students are not eligible.
Responsibilities of the Poet Laureate of Kansas The Poet Laureate will further Kansans’ engagement with poetry through the following duties:· Public Events. The Poet Laureate will participate in 12 poetry events per year at Kansas nonprofit organizations such as libraries, art and community centers, historical museums, and civic groups. Attending KHC donor and fundraising events will also be required.
· Social Media. The Poet Laureate will engage with the public through one or more popular social media platforms.
Compensation The Poet Laureate will receive $5000 per year for fulfilling the responsibilities outlined above. The stipend covers all honoraria and travel expenses.
Criteria Poet Laureate applicants will be ranked according the following measures:
· Professionalism determined by (1) publication of at least one book by a commercial or small press (not vanity presses or self-publication) and (2) involvement in the larger poetry community as evidenced by participation in editorial boards, organization of poetry reading series, and/or teaching poetry courses or workshops.
· Commitment to the public advancement of poetry in Kansas as evidenced by a history of activity through readings, presentations, blogs, poetry-centered social media, and/or teaching in a public space not normally considered a classroom. An ability to reach diverse Kansas audiences is strongly encouraged.
Genre and/or speculative poetry (poetry distinguished from other poetic genres by being categorized by its subject matter rather than the poetry’s form, such as cowboy, science fiction, or fantastic poetry) will not be competitive.
Selection Committee The 2015 Poet Laureate Selection Committee is a 7-member panel comprised of literature scholars, working poets, librarians, and members of the KHC Board of Directors. Two finalists will be invited to speak with members of the selection committee and Friends of the Humanities. The announcement of the new Poet Laureate will follow, most likely in April, National Poetry Month.
Application Materials Interested applicants must submit the following materials for consideration:o Application cover sheet (provided)
o One-page letter of interest that demonstrates the applicant’s commitment to the humanities through poetry
o Résumé or curriculum vitae with recent publication history (3 pages maximum)
o 10 pages of sample poetry
o Up to 3 items of further support materials (DVD or YouTube link to a public reading, letters of reference, etc.)
Applicants may submit a draft application for KHC staff feedback prior to final submission. KHC understands that a draft is a work-in-progress. Drafts can be emailed as a PDF to Leslie Von Holten at email@example.com. Draft deadline: February 5, 2015. E-mail applications(form on KHC website) to Leslie Von Holten, KHC director of programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application packets must be received in the KHC offices by the deadline above. Receipt of all applications will be confirmed within 3 days. If you have not received a confirmation, please call the KHC office. Questions? Contact Leslie Von Holten, KHC director of programs, at email@example.com or 785/357-0359."