U.P. Poet Laureate Foundation

The Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that promotes poetry and the spoken word through public readings, workshops, virtual events and digital platforms. The foundation celebrates the U.P. and its cultural heritage  through poems in online or print publications and champions past and present U.P. poets. The Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate serves a two-year term,  which may be renewed one time. The laureate represents all 15 counties of the Upper Peninsula.

Foundation projects and the selection of the U.P. Poet Laureate are based on a dedication to poetry not on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, disability, or age.

It’s the combination of the intimate and the public that I find so exciting about being poet laureate.

Rita Dove

2021-22 OFFICERS

President:
Janeen Pergrin

Vice President:
Martin Achatz

Treasurer:
Amanda Blumer

The U.P. Poet Laureate Foundation is accepting applications for the 2023 U.P. Poet Laureate

The official application for the role of U.P. Poet Laureate is now open. The application form and information are available on the Application page. The submission deadline is January 15, 2023. See details about position requirements on the application page.

The Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate will promote poetry and the spoken word. The laureate will encourage appreciation of the art form and creative expression by a wide-range of residents of the region through public readings, workshops, virtual events, and digital platforms. The laureate will celebrate the U.P. and its cultural heritage through poems in online or print publications and champion past and present U.P. poets. The Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate serves a two-year term, which may be renewed one time.

The Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate Foundation embraces the diversity of human experience and identity. All applications are welcome, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, cultural heritage, socio-economic background, or physical ability.

A review panel has been established of librarians, poets, and academics from across the U.P. to evaluate the applications and choose the U.P. Poet Laureate based on the candidate’s qualifications, sample work and references.

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