Hamilton seeks its first ‘poet in place’ to help bring visibility to the city’s literary community

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Published October 19, 2023 at 5:39 pm

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The city of Hamilton is looking for its first-ever ‘Poet in Place.’

The initiative, born out of a motion passed by the Hamilton City Council in the fall of 2022, is being rolled out by the Tourism and Culture Division, promising to bring the magic of poetry to the heart of the city.

Once chosen, a local spoken word artist or poet,  will play a vital role in Hamilton’s poetic journey, according to the city.

The artist selected for this program will serve a two-year term and receive an honorarium of $20,000 over the term ($10,000 per year).

While serving their term the poet in place will perform original works of poetry at city events and programs, develop and deliver poetry workshops at Hamilton Public Libraries, and lead creative placemaking projects that will infuse the beauty of words throughout the city.

Through this program, the city aims to enhance public spaces and connect Hamiltonians to their communities, making them more authentic, and providing greater access to the poetic arts.

“A jury comprised of poets, literary artists, and individuals with project and placemaking expertise will review eligible submissions.”

“Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview,” the City of Hamilton said in a press release.

Aspiring artists can apply online before November 3, 4:00 p.m.

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