TAVARES— Roses are red. Violets are blue. Lake County is seeking a poet laureate. Could it be you?
April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, the Lake County Library System is taking nominations for a new volunteer position of poet laureate.
“The Poet Laureate Program’s goal is to enhance the literary arts presence in Lake County, and raise awareness of the power of poetry and spoken word for all ages and cultures,” said Library Assistant Scott Amey, who spearheaded the new program. “The poet laureate will be an ambassador for poetry throughout Lake County, and help foster the love of poetry to children, teens, and adults.”
The poet laureate nominee must be at least 18 years old, a published poet through any media outlet, a resident of Lake County with a valid Lake County Library System card, and pass a background check paid for and administered by Lake County.
The poet laureate will serve a one-year term, hosting poetry readings for children or teens, directing poetry workshops, and writing a minimum of one poem specifically for a Lake County Poet Laureate Journal.
Nominations will be accepted until April 30, and the poet laureate will be selected by a panel and announced in May. For terms and conditions, and an online submission form, visit: https://www.mylakelibrary.org/poet_laureate/default.aspx.
The Lake County Library System is dedicated to promoting lifelong learning through a cooperative countywide library system, engaging the community by offering physical and digital content, and offering services critical to education, research and workforce training.
For more information about the Lake County Library System or to find out about future programs, call or visit your local library or go to http://mylakelibrary.org or www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLLibrary.