WANT TO be Philadelphia's next poet laureate? The city's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy released application materials yesterday.
The post has been held since January 2012 by award-winning poet and retired Temple University professor Sonia Sanchez. Her term ends in December.
"We could not have had a more perfect inaugural poet laureate than Sonia Sanchez," said Gary Steuer, the city's chief cultural officer. "Her continued work as an advocate for peace during her term has solidified the commitment to both poetry and community involvement as essential qualifications for the role of poet laureate. I am so excited to now be able to give another poet the chance to serve in this important capacity, building on the base established by Sonia Sanchez, and showcasing the creative, civic-minded talent of Philadelphia's writers."