Branford Poet Laureate

Joining other towns across Connecticut, the Blackstone Library is establishing an honorary Poet Laureate post for Branford. Applications are now being accepted (due October 6, 2023).

Click here for program description and application (PDF)

The mission of Branford’s Poet Laureate Program is to celebrate the value of poetry and use poetry as a means to inspire, inform, and entertain the community at large. The Branford Poet Laureate serves as the ambassador of the community’s vibrant literary life, promoting its literary community, and celebrating the written word.

Requirements include a love and knowledge of poetry, experience writing poetry, and a willingness to teach poetry writing workshops and organize poetry readings. The applicant must meet the residency requirement for obtaining a library card at one of the Branford public libraries, must be 18 years of age or older, and willing to collaborate with other town poets to develop and present poetry-related activities. The three-year post is an honorary position and carries no stipend.

Applicants can self-nominate or be nominated by others, and should submit a completed application form, a brief author’s statement, samples of up to five poems, a resume or CV, and two letters of recommendation to the Blackstone Library by October 6, 2023.

Please email submissions to Katy McNicol, Library Director, or submissions can be mailed or hand delivered to the library at 758 Main Street, Branford, CT, 06405.