The City of Philadelphia Poet Laureate program is administered by the Free Library of Philadelphia and guided by a governing committee composed of poets, educators, and arts-organization professionals from around the city.
The Poet Laureate is a civic position that recognizes an exceptional poet who also demonstrates a commitment to the power of poetry to engage and inspire people throughout Philadelphia's neighborhoods. In addition to the two-year Poet Laureate position, the program also supports a new Youth Poet Laureate each year. The Poet Laureate mentors the Youth Poet Laureate, who represents the voice of Philadelphia's young poets. Both poets engage with Philadelphia citizens through readings, events, and a special project of their choosing.
Are you our community's next Poet Laureate? Applications for the January 2024 through December 2025 Poet Laureate of the City of Philadelphia are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, October 16, 2023.Review the information and apply today
For more information, including requests for appearances by the Philadelphia Poet Laureate or Youth Poet Laureate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we may not be able to attend all requests out of respect for the time of the two poets.