The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission is a public agency devoted to advocating, supporting and promoting the arts for more than 40 years. 

The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission invites poets residing in Sacramento County to submit an application for the position of Sacramento Poet Laureate. The Sacramento Poet Laureate program brings the power and beauty of poetry to the Sacramento community while increasing awareness of the literary arts through community engagement and outreach.  The Poet Laureate title is an honorary one, awarded through a competitive process to a person who writes poetry of high artistic quality, has an established presence in Sacramento, a demonstrated commitment to and a passion for poetry, and embraces the opportunity to engage in civic discourse. The ideal candidate enjoys inspiring audiences and the community through readings of his/her work and the works of others.

A poet is honored with the title of Poet Laureate to distinguish a career in writing exemplary poetry and for the role they have played in sharing poetry with the broader community. The Poet Laureate will act as an ambassador of the literary arts by reading poems and giving talks at public schools, City Council and County Board meetings and other community organizations.

Please complete each question completely, including uploading the proper requirements. Only materials submitted through this online format will be considered part of the application. 

For any questions, please contact Ray Gargano at rgargano@cityofsacramento.org.

For complete guidelines for the Sacramento Poet Laureate, click here.