Town of Hillsborough Poet Laureate

On June 19, 2018, the Town of Hillsborough named Dee Stribling as its next Poet Laureate for 2018-2020. Read more about Dee here and here


Volunteers from the Hillsborough Arts Council help to facilitate the selection process and support the Poet Laureate in their community engagement efforts. ​​The selection criteria were that nominees must live in the Hillsborough area, have a fair record of publishing and/or performing their own original work, and must be willing to foster poetry as an integral part of the community.


The Poet Laureate Selection Committee included:

  • William Davis (Poet Laureate)

  • Aaron Belz (Poet Laureate emeritus)

  • Barbara Kenyon (Poet Laureate emeritus) 

  • John Claude Bemis (Piedmont Laureate emeritus) 

  • Erin Sapienza (OC Public Library) 

  • Sara Stephens (Burwell School)

  • Sharon Wheeler (Purple Crow) 

  • Jerry Eidener 



Former Hillsborough Poet Laureates include:

  • William Davis, 2016-2018 

  • Aaron Belz, 2014-2016 

  • Barbara Kenyon, 2012-2014 

  • Mike Troy, 2010-2012