Torrance Seeks Inaugural Poet Laureate

August 20, 2021

For the first time ever, the City of Torrance is seeking a qualified poet to be the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Torrance! The Poet Laureate will support the arts and incorporate them into public life.

The goal of this culturally significant program is to celebrate poetry and the written word; to have an ambassador available at public events and enrich the experience. The Poet Laureate will support the arts and incorporate them more deeply into public life. The Poet Laureate will serve a two year term beginning October 1, 2021. In this role the honored Poet will attend special events and create a feature poem about Torrance. An honorarium of $2,000 per term is available.

To be eligible for this role, poets must be:
-A Torrance resident
-16 years of age or older

Applications must include:
-5 Original poems
-Letter of recognition or reference
-Personal statement

Poets that are interested in the role must submit their application by 5 p.m. on September 9, 2021. Applications will be reviewed by a committee including members of the Torrance Cultural Arts Commission and literary experts.

For more information or to apply, visit http://www.TorranceCA.Gov/Poet.