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Knoxville Poet Laureate

The selection process will be as follows:


Once the nomination period has closed, a selection panel drawn from members of the literary community shall select up to three finalists for interview from among the nominations. The finalist best representing the community shall be recommended to the City Mayor for appointment. All nominated poets will be notified of the selection outcome. The Poet Laureate shall be considered a civic appointment and one of honor.

The selection panel's recommendation to the Mayor shall be based upon the following criteria:


• Creative excellence, as evidenced by the submitted poetry samples
• Personal record of community service
• Exemplary professionalism, as evidenced by an established history of substantial and significant publication in journals and books, including at least one book of poems published by a commercial or small press and special honors, awards, fellowships, or other recognition
• Advancement of poetry in East Tennessee communities, as evidenced by an established history of activity in Knox County’s literary community through readings, publications, public presentations, and/or teaching
• The community value of one or more proposed outreach projects, the purpose of which are to engender an appreciation of the literary arts to an underserved constituency within the City of Knoxville