Support Spokane Arts’ work to foster creativity & culture in our region for years to come by donating today! Your gift of any amount helps us continue impactful programs, public art projects, and direct granting to artists, arts organizations, & creative businesses! Learn more about all the ways to support here!

Opportunity: Call for Submissions: Poet Laureate

Aritistic Discipline: Words
Spokane Arts, on behalf of the city of Spokane, seeks applications for the position of Spokane Poet Laureate. The person selected will join Spokane Arts in promoting and supporting an appreciation of literary arts throughout the greater Spokane region.
Purpose of the Poet Laureate Program
The Poet Laureate program celebrates Spokane’s vibrant literary community and aims to strengthen the future of literary arts in our city by engaging a broad range of communities. The two-year Poet Laureate post will serve as a cultural ambassador for both the written form and spoken word, and conduct participatory, engaging public events to engage constituents city-wide.
As both a local resident and a distinguished poet, the Poet Laureate will represent and celebrate the rich literary history and the diversity of Eastern Washington. As a spokesperson for the area’s literary community, the Poet Laureate will help reinforce the role of literature in civic life and will actively participate in ceremonial, educational and cultural activities in the community during the term of service. The Poet Laureate program is administered by Spokane Arts. Interested poets must submit their own application; there is no nomination process.
Eligibility: Each applicant must: Be a resident of the greater Spokane community Have a record of sustained commitment to their craft and the ability to engage with a wide range of community members. Relevant information/experience could include print or online publications of their poetry, leadership in organizations or groups whose primary focus is poetry, history of teaching experience, or other experience that would demonstrate a person’s qualifications and/or eagerness to serve as poet laureate.
City/Region: Spokane, WA
Point of Contact: Shantell Jackson
Contact Email:
Expires: August 13, 2023