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Wanted:  Youth Poet Laureate for Boston

October 31, 2019

Boston’s mayor is looking for a Youth Poet Laureate for the state’s largest city.

The position, which has never existed before, would “be an advocate for poetry, language, and the arts,” according to a written statement released this week by Mayor Marty Walsh’s press office.

“The poet will create a unique artistic legacy through public readings and civic events. The mission of the youth laureateship is to raise the status of poetry in the everyday consciousness of Bostonians,” the written statement dated Tuesday October 29 says.

Applicants must be 13 to 18 years old, must have lived in Boston for at least one year, and “must have produced work that demonstrates poetic flexibility, reflects the vibrancy of the City of Boston, and is significant to Boston residents,” according to the mayor’s press office.

The largely ceremonial post comes with a $500 yearly honorarium.

Applications are due Monday, November 25.

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