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Nominations now being accepted for

mississippi's poet laureate

Date:              September 27, 2011

From:              Susan Dobbs, Public Relations Director

                      Mississippi Arts Commission                        

                      601/359-6031 or sdobbs@arts.state.ms.us

Jackson, Miss – Four Mississippi cultural agencies have been authorized by Governor Haley Barbour and the State of Mississippi to be the selection panel for individuals to be considered as the next Poet Laureate of Mississippi.  The Mississippi Arts Commission, the Mississippi Library Commission, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Mississippi Humanities Council, in partnership with committee members representing the University Press of Mississippi, Jackson State University and others, are seeking nominations now, and will provide the Governor with a list of qualified nominees so that he can make an appointment to the position. 

The Poet Laureate will serve as the official state poet, creating and reading appropriate poetry upon state occasions and state agency activities, and will represent the rich cultural heritage of Mississippi.  To find out all of the details on the nomination criteria and for the official nomination form, visit www.arts.state.ms.us or contact Diane Williams, Chair-Poet Laureate Panel at dwilliams@arts.state.ms.us or 601/359-6529.  The deadline for nomination submissions is October 28, 2011. 

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Poet Laureate criteria and nomination form PDF(174kb)

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