Seeking Applicants for Poet Laureate

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 5:28pm -- WRoy

Seeking Applicants for Poet Laureate for the Altadena Library

Applications due March 31, 2018 (Midnight PT)

Email application letter to:

Eligibility and Requirements:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age and reside or work in Altadena or Pasadena.
  2. Agree to serve as Poet Laureate for the Altadena Library for a term of two years from May 2018 through April 2020. Conceptualize, organize, and lead at least one public program per year at the Altadena Library (poetry readings or workshops), in addition to organizing the annual April reading, and serving as Editor in Chief of the Altadena Poetry Review. The Laureate also leads the search for the following Laureate in two years time.
  3. Available to attend the Altadena Library Laureate Inauguration as part of the library's annual Poetry & Cookies program which will take place on Sunday, April 29 at the Altadena Main Library at 600 E. Mariposa Street, Altadena, CA 91001.
  4. Poets are rated by a) quality and appeal of the applicant's poetry, and b) activities in Altadena/Pasadena or the poetry community at large. Editing/publishing experience may also be considered since the Laureate will serve as the editor of the Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology for the 2019 and 2020 editions.
Please include the following as an attachment in Word or RTF and email to

Letter of Application with contact information and biography/resume (up to four pages). Please include full name, professional name (if different), home address and/or place of employment in Altadena or Pasadena (if not a resident), phone, email, website (optional), places you have been published, your own publications, featured readings, and other activities in Altadena/Pasadena or the poetry community at large. In your letter, please comment about what you envision doing while Laureate – potential ideas for readings, workshops, or other community-wide events. Please list your past editorial experience, if any. Candidates will be asked to meet briefly with a committee and share their work and ideas.

Serving as Editor in Chief of the Altadena Poetry Review is a large commitment. There is a considerable amount of administrative work involved in advertising for entries, coordinating an editorial committee, responding to 300+ entrants, fee management, organizing editorial packets, reconciling editorial decisions, notifying poets, choosing artwork, delivering copies of the journal, and planning the annual reading, among many other administrative tasks. It may require grant writing or fundraising in order to secure enough funding to print the journal. Production work for the journal requires knowledge of desktop publishing, copyediting, proofreading, copyright, and the ability to format the book for publication. The Laureate will either take this work on directly or outsource the work appropriately. Further fundraising might be required by the Laureate to pay for an external production editor or production house to complete the publication of the book. To complete this book within the span of approximately five months requires at least 100 hours of time, if not more. The Laureate has the option of working with an editorial committee to share this workload, but is responsible for the production of a professional journal which serves the local literary community at large.

A possibility is that there could be two Laureates for this term – one to produce community events and one to serve as Editor in Chief of the Altadena Poetry Review. If candidates would prefer to be considered for one role or another, please indicate this is in your letter.


Questions? Contact Elline Lipkin, Current Altadena Poet Laureate, at the above email address.

CLICK HERE to learn more about our current Poet Laureate for 2016-2018, Dr. Elline Lipkin.

Save the Date – Poetry & Cookies Celebration

Sunday, April 29, 1:00 - 4:30pm (with break from 2:30 to 3:00pm)

Join us for one of the largest gatherings of poets in our community. Hear many of the poets in the brand new Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2017. This event is free and open to the public with free refreshments, cookies, mingling with the poets, books to browse and buy, photo ops and more!