Poet Laureate

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The City of Lodi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department (PRCS) and Lodi Arts Commission (LAC) seeks proposals from interested and qualified Artists to provide literary art services for its Poet Laureate initiative. The Artist selected through this competitive selection process would become Lodi’s first Poet Laureate. 

Funding for the Poet Laureate is provided by the Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin (Foundation) Grant. The Department’s Cultural Services staff will administer the Artist selection process and oversee the Artist during the three-year Poet Laureate term. The objective of this program is to establish a Poet Laureate Program to support Lodi literacy programs and foster appreciation for poetry and its benefits. The program seeks to engage diverse voices and perspectives in shaping and furthering the literary arts, culture, and creative expression. 


The City of Lodi boosts an active public art program including visual arts, public art murals and statues, cultural arts events, music, dance and art classes, and literacy programs. The Poet Laureate Program has been established to support Lodi’s literacy programs and foster appreciation for poetry and its benefits through reading poetry at civic events, developing commemorative poems that expresses Lodi life, and by providing poetry workshops to the community.  

Project Description

The selected Poet Laureate will become the City’s first Poet Laureate, serving as a liaison, advocate, and leader for poetry, spoken word, and the literary arts. The Poet Laureate will leverage their artistic excellence and literary achievements to inspire Lodi’s diverse residents to have a greater appreciation of the literary arts. The Poet Laureate is expected to create engaging and conceptually driven, original works stimulated by and in response to the local communities, and cultivate critical thinking, connection, and appreciation of the literary arts through public readings, in-person literary workshops, and civic events.

Call to Artists

Click here for the Poet Laureate Call to Artists. For more information, call or email Laura Johnston, Deputy Director, (209) 333-6742.