February 1, 2023

Acton Public Library Taking Applications for Honorary Position of Old Saybrook Poet Laureate

Acton Public Library is now taking applications for the honorary position of Old Saybrook Poet Laureate. Applications can be requested from the library or downloaded from the library’s webpage. The deadline for application submissions is January 31, 2016. All applications received will be reviewed by a selection committee, appointed by the library board.  The Old Saybrook Poet Laureate will be announced on March 18, 2016.  A formal recognition will take place in April, at the library’s annual poetry night celebration.

At their October meeting, the Acton Public Library voted to begin the search process for the first poet laureate for the Town of Old Saybrook, joining other communities throughout the state who have appointed residents to this position.

The mission of Old Saybrook’s Poet Laureate Program is to communicate the value of poetry and use poetry as a means to inspire, inform, and entertain the community at large. The Poet Laureate of the Town of Old Saybrook will serve as the ambassador of the community’s vibrant literary life, promoting its literary community and celebrating the written word.

To be considered for the position, a nominee must be a poet and resident of Old Saybrook, over 21 years old, and available and willing to collaborate with other Connecticut town poets to develop and present poetry-related activities that address the objectives of the laureate program. Interested poets can self-nominate or be nominated by others. Applications are available at the library, or may be downloaded from the library’s website. For more information, please contact the library at 860-395-3184, or our website: www.actonlibrary.org.