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Poet Laureate of Hillsborough, NC

Apply to become Hillsborough, NC's next Poet Laureate!

Former Hillsborough Poet Laureates:

  • Dee Stribling, 2018-2020

  • William Davis, 2016-2018 

  • Aaron Belz, 2014-2016 

  • Barbara Kenyon, 2012-2014 

  • Mike Troy, 2010-2012 


Application Deadline:


The Hillsborough Arts Council is looking for the Town of Hillsborough's next Poet Laureate! 

This Poet Laureate will be receiving a $1500/year reward for a two year term!

Volunteers from the Hillsborough Arts Council help to facilitate the selection process and support the Poet Laureate in their community engagement efforts. ​​


Requirements to Apply: 

  • Have a passion for poetry, strong ties to the town of Hillsborough, NC, and a strong interest in serving the city.

  • Finalists shall read before the panel and shall be interviewed by the committee.

  • Applicants must have resided in Hillsborough for at least one (1) year. Residency is based on the applicant’s physical residence [home], not on a P.O. Box, studio/workspace, or other property owned by the applicant. Proof of residency is required.

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and older.

  • Poet must have published at least one book, have a substantial publication history in a variety of journals and media, received recognition in the field (including awards, fellowships, and prizes), and/or demonstrate literary excellence.

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