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Nominations are being accepted for the first Fulton County Poet Laureate.

Fulton County’s Department of Arts and Culture is looking for an active writer with a substantial body of work published within the last five years, with a special emphasis on poetry. To make nominations and see the guidelines for applying, go HERE. The deadline is September 12, and the winner will be announced in October.

“Establishing a poet laureate for Fulton County will aid in our efforts to reach diverse communities using poetry as a vehicle for literary competency and understanding,” Lionell Thomas, director of Fulton County Arts and Culture, said in a press release. “Through this literary effort we hope to inspire creative expression in others that will raise the level of discourse in our everyday lives.”

The poet laureate will serve a two-year term, which may be extended to up to five years. They must be at least 21 and a Fulton County resident for the past three years.

The poet laureate will develop a proposal that will help the county broaden the awareness of poetry, enhance literacy and promote the literary arts in Fulton County. Projects can include readings, workshops, public art projects and composing original works.

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