Do you know a poet who could advance literary arts in our county?
The Ventura County Arts Council is seeking its SECOND Poet Laureate.
Click here to review the guidelines and get your nomination in by the November 30th deadline!

Nomination & Selection Process
The Ventura County Arts Council is seeking nominations for the position of Ventura County Poet Laureate. The person selected will strive to advance awareness of and appreciation for literary arts and humanities within Ventura County. As both a resident and a distinguished poet, the Poet Laureate shall represent and celebrate the diversity and history of Ventura County. As a representative of the county’s literary community, the Poet Laureate shall endeavor to promote a wide range of literary arts within the county and shall actively participate in ceremonial, educational and cultural activities throughout the county at various times in his or her term of service.
Term of Service
The Poet Laureate of Ventura County is an honorary position. The individual appointed will serve a two-year term, commencing in January. Nearing the end of the Poet Laureate’s term and prior to initiating the next nomination process, the Ventura County Arts Council may extend an invitation to the sitting Poet Laureate to serve a second consecutive term. The Poet Laureate will have thirty days to respond. If he or she elects not to accept the Arts Council’s invitation, the Poet Laureate must wait an intervening term (2 years) prior to being re-nominated.
The Poet Laureate will receive an honorarium of One Thousand Dollars ($1000.00) per term.
Term Expectations
As a condition of appointment, the Poet Laureate will participate in a minimum of four annual public functions throughout the two-year term of service. Additionally, the Poet Laureate shall aim to be actively involved with local colleges and schools, and shall endeavor to create or facilitate workshops and readings that will bring the Poet Laureate into contact with students of all ages, and the public in a variety of contexts. To the extent possible, the Poet Laureate also will establish programs to coincide with his or her term of service to promote community awareness of the literary arts, and to encourage community members to develop their own creative interests.
Who May Be Nominated
Eligible nominees must meet the following requirements:
• Be a current resident of the county of Ventura, with at least five consecutive years of residency
• Be available to travel throughout Ventura County
• Be a recognized poet who meets the preponderance of the selection criteria listed below
Selection Criteria
• A proven history of publication of individual poems and/or books, including work that is not self-published or by a vanity press
• An established presence and history of involvement in the Ventura County literary arts community
• Recognition as demonstrated by press coverage, special honors, or awards
Who May Nominate
Ventura County Poet Laureate nominations may come from any organization or individual. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
The Review and Selection Process
The Poetry Committee shall review the nomination materials and candidate poets, and recommend one or more for consideration by the Ventura County Arts Council, who will make the final appointment of the Poet Laureate. The Committee may seek additional information or clarification from nominators and the respective poets after nomination materials have been submitted, and may conduct interviews of some or all of the nominees before making its recommendations to the Arts Council.
The Poetry Committee
The Poetry Committee is established by the VCAC to broadly represent the Ventura County literary community. Former Poet Laureates shall be invited to serve on the Poetry Committee whenever feasible. A member of the Board of the Ventura County Arts Council will serve as part of the committee. The Poetry Committee shall endeavor to serve as a support group to help facilitate projects the Poet Laureate may want to pursue.
Nomination Materials and Deadline
Nomination application materials may be obtained from the Ventura County Arts Council through the contact sources below. Completed nominations should be sent to the Poetry Committee at the Ventura County Arts Council’s office, website, or email address. Mailed nominations must be postmarked on or before the stated deadline: Monday, 30 November 2015. Materials submitted will not be returned.
Office location and mailing address:
Ventura County Arts Council
646 County Square Drive Ste., 154
Ventura, CA 93003
Required Materials and Attachments
All nominators must submit seven (7) paper copies of the following information, or one electronic version:
1. A brief letter that provides:
a. A summary of why the nominator considers the nominated poet to be an excellent candidate for Poet Laureate, in terms of quality of work, involvement with the larger literary community, and ability to relate and interact with the general public
b. The background or qualifications of the nominator or the nominating organization
c. Contact information for the nominator and the nominated poet, including mailing addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses
d. A statement verifying that the nominator has contacted the nominated poet and that the poet has reviewed the expectations of the position and agrees to the nomination
2. The name and a short biography of the poet nominated
a. A summary of the poet’s significant awards and published works should be included
b. The poet’s resume (two-page maximum) may be attached
3. A sample of up to five (5) poems by the nominated poet, citing the source for each (including the title of the work from which it was taken, the publisher and the publication date).
Materials must be submitted by required deadline: Monday, 30 November 2015


 Inaugural Poet Laureate Mary Kay Rummel

Photo credits (left to right):
–  Mary Kay Rummel, Ventura County First Poet Laureate  2014 – 2015   (2 photos)
–  Student reading his poem at Bards & Beasts, Walnut Canyon Elementary School, Moorpark, presented by
     Ventura County Poet Laureate Committee
–  Poetry Display at Prueter Library, Port Hueneme