Milford seeking official poet laureate

The City of Milford is seeking an official poet laureate, someone to pen some poems for city occasions and to represent the city in certain literary situations

Library Director Christine Angeli said the library is working with the Fine Arts Council to find and name an official city poet. She expects to announce more details of the position late next week.

For now, Mayor Ben Blake and Angeli shared a description of the ideal Milford poet laureate: He or she would be available to serve a four-year term, be 18 years old or older and have ties to Milford, and must have a demonstrated commitment to and passion for poetry. The person must have been published or recognized for poetry and literary contributions.

The poet laureate’s duties will include presenting original poems at three or more city events during the year and acting as a resource for the Milford Public Library and Milford Art Council’s poetry and literary activities.

A description of this strictly voluntary position includes “undertaking projects throughout the City of Milford that will make poetry more available and accessible to people in their everyday lives” and “contributing to the creation of a poetic identity for Milford, Ct.”

Interested poets need to submit a resume and copies of five to 10 of their poems by March 31. A panel will review applications in April and the poet laureate will be announced in June, with a term of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020.

Check back later for more details on this new city position, including how to apply.