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Hayward Public Library seeking Hayward Poet Laureate—application deadline March 22

The Stack | March 2024

March 12, 2024

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The City of Hayward is looking for its next poetic luminary to celebrate our vibrant community with verse. Hayward residents 18 years or older as of April 1, 2024, are invited to apply to be considered for a two-year term as Hayward's next Poet Laureate. 

The Poet Laureate is an ambassador representing the City of Hayward in the local literary arts community and representing poetry in the wider arts community. This position offers a unique opportunity to inspire, engage, and connect with fellow residents through the power of poetry.

Duties of the Poet Laureate include:

  • Promote creativity and appreciation of poetry and the literary arts
  • Write at least two poems annually dedicated to Hayward or major occasions or current events affecting Hayward residents, as and when mutually agreed upon
  • Attend between one and four City of Hayward and/or literary events annually, and read or otherwise perform their poetry at these events
  • Create and share original content (such as poems, video of poetry readings, etc.) for the City of Hayward’s social media platforms or other forms of marketing and/or outreach, as mutually agreed upon
  • Represent the City in a professional and positive manner while in their official role as Poet Laureate

The chosen poet will serve a term tentatively slated to start April 2024 and run through March 2026. They will also receive an honorarium of $1,000 for the entire 2-year tenure. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2024.

Click here for more details and to apply.