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Hawaii State Poet Laureate Program nominations open

The Maui News

Nominations are now open through Aug. 20 for the Hawaii State Poet Laureate Program, with the winner set to be announced this winter, according to the Hawaii Council for the Humanities, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the Hawaii State Public Library System.

After the state Legislature passed a joint resolution in support of establishing a Hawaii State Poet Laureate Program, officials have been working to launch the program and find a new Hawaii state poet laureate in 2023.

This position will help build and sustain a literary community that “connects our islands, our stories, and our peoples,” and it will raise support for work that will make poetry accessible to more communities throughout Hawaii, according to a news release.

Some of the eligibility requirements include being a full-time Hawaii resident, maintaining Hawaii residency during the full multiyear term of office and being available to travel statewide and give presentations.

Included in this new partnered program is a $20,000 stipend for the poet laureate, providing more tools for facilitating broader support to a wider community by offering poetry workshops throughout the state.

To make a nomination, complete and email the form to SFCAartistgrants@hawaii.gov.

For more information or to download a nomination form, visit sfca.hawaii.gov.

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