For immediate release: Sep 13, 2010
Posted by: [IAC]
Contact: Rex A. Van Zant
Phone: 317-232-1273

Arts Commission now accepting nominations for State Poet Laureate

(Indianapolis, Indiana) - The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today it is now accepting nominations for Indiana State Poet Laureate.

The Indiana Poet Laureate will represent the State of Indiana and the art of poetry through the development and implementation of programming to the education community and general public. The Poet Laureate will make formal presentations at various educational facilities and events, and offers advice to the Commission regarding ways to further the art of poetry in Indiana.

Nominations for Indiana Poet Laureate should be limited to one, single-page cover letter and a resume or CV detailing the nominee's qualifications and accomplishments. No additional materials should be included with the initial nomination. Successful nominees must be current residents of Indiana and remain residents during their two-year term of service as State Poet Laureate. Nominees should be published poets, with experience in educational program development.

Nominations must be submitted to the Indiana Arts Commission by email only and must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST November 1, 2010. Nominations should be sent to the attention of Susan Britsch: sbritsch@iac.in.gov.

All nominations will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives from Indiana's major institutions of higher education. Colleges and universities represented on the committee include: University of Notre Dame, Ball State University, Hanover College, DePauw University, University of Indianapolis, Indiana University, and Indiana State University. The committee will be convened later this fall and will begin review of the nominations during the winter.

Increasing the awareness of poetry and the power of the written and spoken word was the inspiration behind legislation signed into law in 2005 by Governor Mitch Daniels. The legislation provides for the development of specific educational programming coordinated
between the Indiana Arts Commission, the Indiana Department of Education, and the State Poet Laureate.
 
Joyce Brinkman was the first State Poet Laureate selected to lead this program. Norbert Krapf succeeded Ms. Brinkman.

On behalf of the people of Indiana, the Indiana Arts Commission advocates engagement with the arts to enrich the quality of individual and community life.

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