SALEM — The Oregon Poet Laureate Program is accepting nominations for the state’s next poet laureate.

Over the course of a two-year term, the poet laureate fosters the art of poetry, encourages literacy and learning, addresses central issues relating to the humanities and heritage, and reflects on public life in Oregon. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 10, 2022. The next poet laureate will begin their term in May 2022.

Nominees must be current residents of Oregon and have lived in the state for at least 10 years. They must be publicly recognized as poets and well regarded for excellence in their work; have a significant body of published or performed work; and agree to the conditions and the term of the appointment.

Poets of all styles will be considered, including prose, slam poetry and cowboy poetry. To nominate a poet, visit www.oregonpoetlaureate.org. Email questions to Carrie Kikel, Oregon Cultural Trust, at carrie.kikel@oregon.gov.

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