Tuesday, June 18, 2013

NZ Poet Laureate for 2013-5

The National Library is calling for nominations for the post of Poet Laureate for the two-year term July 2013 to June 2015.

The criteria:
Nominees must have made an outstanding contribution to New Zealand poetry, and be an accomplished and highly regarded poet. They must also be a strong advocate for poetry, and be able to fulfil the public role required of a Poet Laureate, which includes engaging with a wide range of people and inspiring New Zealanders to read and write poetry.
The award comes with $80,000 and a tokotoko (carved walking stick): the laurate is expected to be “an advocate and a public presence for poetry, and involved in events which promote the reading and writing of poetry by children and adults alike”, and also to produce a book of poetry. It is what is known in other areas of the arts as a “good gig”.

Previous laureates are Bill Manhire, Hone Tuwhare, Elizabeth Smither, Brian Turner, Jenny Bornholdt, Michele Leggott, Cilla McQueen and Ian Wedde. That leaves quite a few to choose from.

Download the nomination form here: closing date is Monday 15 July.

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