Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program


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Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program (APLP)

Mission Statement

The Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program (APLP) celebrates the diversity of poetry in Albuquerque by offering a resident poet to make meaningful connections, honor and serve the community, elevate the importance of the art form, and share poetry with Albuquerque residents.

Poet Laureate Expectations


Expectations for the Albuquerque Poet Laureate include:

  • The ability to fulfill her/his term in residence
  • Attendance/Participation/Reading/Performance at four (4) ceremonial/civic engagement events per year
  • No fewer than four (4) “poetry advocacy” events per year, during which the Poet Laureate shares the art and love of poetry with a non-traditional and/or underserved audience.  Examples of poetry advocacy events include (but are not limited to):

            A reading at a Veterans organization

            A workshop at a domestic violence shelter

A group exercise and performance at a correctional institution

Please note that work the poet had already planned on doing with underserved audiences can count.

  • One community outreach project, as outlined in the application/proposal, scope to be determined by funds available through the APLP.
  • The creation of a body of work (within six months of the end of the residency). This may include, but not be limited to:

A series of poems

A CD or video

A performance

A publication of some kind (book, chapbook or broadside)

  • Semi-annual report to the APLP Organizing Committee
  • Regular (monthly) updates to the Poet Laureate’s page on the APLP website



Poet Laureate Qualifications

It is a goal of the APLP to make this opportunity available to a broad range of applicants while ensuring that the position of Poet Laureate represent our community with enthusiasm and excellence.


Applicants for the position of Albuquerque Poet Laureate will:

  • be at least twenty one years of age
  • have lived in the Greater Albuquerque Metro Area for at least the last three years
  • be a seasoned poet with an interest in, and a history of, serving the Albuquerque community
  • be well spoken in public venues, and
  • be available to serve in the ways outlined in the Poet Laureate Expectations for the duration of their tenure.


Further, applicants should have prior accomplishment in some or all of these areas: publications, noteworthy public appearances, awards or honors.


Program Overview
Poet Laureate Description
Poet Laureate Selection Process
Application Process
Selection Committee

Poet Laureate Present
Poets Laureate Past

Selection Committee Application
Poet Laureate Application
Poet Laureate Nomination


APLP Organizing Committee
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