Alameda Poet Laureate


The Poet Laureate is an honorary title given to a person who has demonstrated excellence in the literary arts. The Poet Laureate will work with cultural, educational and other organizations to encourage the community to express their literary creativity; promote the appreciation and knowledge of poetry among our youth; and to create a community environment in which literary talent can thrive and be encouraged.  This is a three year appointment.

Selection Process
Nomination Deadline



  • Applicant must be a resident of Alameda
  • Applicant must have an established history of activity in the Alameda literary community, i.e., readings, publications, public presentations, and/or teaching
  • Applicants will have demonstrated a commitment to and passion for poetry and embrace the opportunity to engage in community service to make poetry more accessible and available to all ages.
  • Applicants must be willing to promote poetry in Alameda

 Selection Process

The Poet Laureate shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Alameda based upon the recommendation of the Selection Committee.  The Selection Committee shall consist of the Library Director or their designee; one member of the Library Board or other library support group (Friends of the Library); and one member of the Alameda Island Poets.

The Selection Committee reviews the candidates’ qualifications based on a blind reading of the poetry submitted and depending on the number of candidates, provides a short list of 3-5 qualified candidates to the Mayor for appointment.  The Mayor will interview and select the Poet Laureate from that short list.

Nomination Deadline

Nomination Deadline:  5:00 p.m. July 20, 2020
Nominations must be sent to the Alameda Poet Laureate Review Committee at the following address.  Hand deliveries must be received no later than 5:00PM on the deadline date; mail deliveries must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.  Material submitted will not be returned.

All material must be clearly addressed to the Alameda Poet Laureate Selection Committee.

Mailing Address and Hand Delivery Address

Alameda Free Library
Attn: Alameda Poet Laureate Selection Committee
1550 Oak Street
Alameda, CA  94501



Please download and complete the following application and submit it to the Alameda Poet Laureate Selection Committee.
Alameda Poet Laureate 2020 Application(PDF, 175KB)