Two opportunities are coming up for local poets. Current poet laureate Josie Emmons Turner invites South Sound women poets to join her in a reading at Tacoma Community College’s The Gallery, based on the current exhibition’s theme of Greek and Roman mythology. Up to 20 poets will be selected to read at 7 p.m. on April 19 in the gallery, and poems may be later published in a chapbook. Submissions should include up to three unpublished poems on the theme, no longer than two pages, in a Word document and labeled with name, address, email and phone number in the upper left-hand corner. Use 12 point Times New Roman or Georgia fonts only. Submit to facebook.com/josieemmonsturner by Feb. 28.
Any Tacoma poet, male or female, is invited to submit an application for the fifth annual Tacoma Poet Laureate program, run by the City of Tacoma Arts Commission. The chosen laureate holds the title for two years, receiving a $2,000 stipend for advancing and actively contributing to Tacoma’s literary community in meaningful ways through readings, performances, workshops, presentations, publications and/or special projects, and participating in associated programs.
“It’s a fantastic program and a great way of infusing the literary world into the civic realm,” says Tacoma arts administrator Amy McBride.
Applicants be 18 years or older and must live or work in Tacoma and actively participate in Tacoma’s poetry community. Deadline is March 8. More information is available at tacomaculture.org/arts/poetlaureate.asp