Nominations Open: Poet Laureate of Jamaica

Nominations are now open for the 2014/2017 Poet Laureate of Jamaica. The current Poet Laureate of Jamaica programme is a joint initiative of the National Library of Jamaica and the Entertainment Advisory Board. The Poet Laureate will be selected by a committee from public nominations and will serve for a period of three years.  Nomination forms are available at  http://www.nlj.gov.jm/poetlaureate/index.htm.   Completed forms can be emailed to poetlaureate@nlj.gov.jm or mailed to the National Library of Jamaica, 12 East Street, Kingston.

The Poet Laureate in addition to being recognized for his/her  accomplishments as a Jamaican poet, will also undertake public poetry events  to stimulate a greater appreciation for Jamaican poetry, promote poetry as an art and medium for  entertainment and for recording and disseminating cultural heritage. The Poet Laureate is not mandated to reside in Jamaica but must be available for a minimum of four public events annually.

Nominees for Poet Laureate of Jamaica must have at least three (3) published works of poetry, not including anthologies; and must be a Jamaican; defined as a Jamaican citizen, naturalized citizen or of Jamaican parentage.

Nominations close at midnight on 13 December 2013, and the announcement of Jamaica’s first Poet Laureate in over 50 years will be made on 26 January 2014. For further information on the Poet Laureate programme, including the composition of the selection committee, please see http://www.nlj.gov.jm/poetlaureate/index.htm.

 

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