Youth Poet Laureate

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Nomination & Selection Process
The Ventura County Arts Council is seeking applications for the position of Ventura County
Youth 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 emerging poet, the
Youth Poet Laureate shall represent and celebrate the diversity and vision of the youth in
Ventura County. As a representative of the county’s literary community, the Youth 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 Youth Poet Laureate of Ventura County is an honorary position. The individual appointed
will serve a one-year term, commencing in September 2018. Nearing the end of the Youth Poet
Laureate’s term and prior to initiating the next nomination process, the Ventura County Arts
Council may extend an invitation to the sitting Youth Poet Laureate to serve a second
consecutive term. The Youth 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 Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) per term and a
book deal with (Spit Shine Publishing/Penmanship Books).

Term Expectations
As a condition of appointment, the Youth Poet Laureate will participate in a minimum of four
annual public functions throughout the one-year term of service. Additionally, the Poet Laureate
shall aim to be actively involved with local colleges and high schools, and shall endeavor to
create or facilitate workshops and readings that will bring the Youth Poet Laureate into contact
with students of all ages, and the public in a variety of contexts. To the extent possible, the
Youth 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
• Be available to travel throughout Ventura County
• Be a recognized poet who meets the preponderance of the selection criteria listed below
Selection Criteria
• Must be between the ages of 13 and 19
• An established presence and history of involvement in the Ventura County literary arts
community, volunteer and community service, and clubs, sports, afterschool activities and extra
academic activities
• Recognition as demonstrated by press coverage, special honors, or awards
Who May Nominate or Apply
Ventura County Youth Poet Laureate nominations or applications may come from any
organization or individual.

The Review and Selection Process
The Youth Poetry Laureate Committee shall review the nomination, application 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 Youth Poet Laureate. The Committee may
seek additional information or clarification from nominees or applicants and the respective poet’s
materials have been submitted, and may conduct interviews of some or all candidates before
making its recommendations to the Arts Council. Please send resume/CV with up to 5 poems
attached and/or YouTube links to readings and performances of your original work.

The Youth Poet Laureate Committee
The Youth Poet Laureate Committee is established by the VCAC to broadly represent the
Ventura County literary community. Former Youth Poet Laureates shall be invited to serve on
the Youth Poet Laureate Committee whenever feasible. A member of the Board of the Ventura
County Arts Council will serve as part of the committee. The Youth Poet Laureate Committee
shall endeavor to serve as a support group to help facilitate projects the Youth Poet Laureate may
want to pursue.

Application Deadline
Application materials may be found on the Ventura County Arts Council’s website and sources
below. Completed applications should be sent to the Youth Poet Laureate Committee at the
Ventura County Arts Council’s office, website, or email address. Mailed nominations must be
postmarked on or before the stated deadline: June 30. Materials submitted will not be returned.

Office location and mailing address:
Ventura County Arts Council
646 County Square Drive Ste., 154
Ventura, CA 93003

Please submit all materials by June 30, 2018. Submission materials may also be emailed to