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Poet Laureate Position

The Amesbury Cultural Council (ACC) is pleased to announce the opening of applications for Amesbury's Poet Laureate for the two-year period 2020 - 2022, beginning January 2020. This important position reflects Amesbury's rich literary community, past and present, and is an important community conduit for the arts.


An individual will be chosen by a Selection Committee, made up of members of the Poet Laureate Support Committee. We encourage all interested individuals to read the selection criteria and position goals and submit your application no later than Friday, September 6, 2019.



The Amesbury Poet Laureate position is a two-year appointment, with a possible two-year extension, created by the ACC and Whittier Home Association. The post will carry a stipend of $500 per year.

The appointment is open to Amesbury residents. It is also open to applicants who have close ties to Amesbury but may live in other towns. Selection is based on:

• body of work, including published work,
• ability to engage students, residents and business community,

• organizational skills, and
• specific plans to promote poets and poetry in Amesbury.

In addition, the Poet Laureate is required to attend the scheduled monthly meetings of the Poet Laureate Support Committee and to have regular communication with the Amesbury Cultural Council.

All care will be taken to conduct a fair and open selection process adhering to these guidelines.


The current members of the Support Committee will comprise the Selection Committee:

Lainie Senechal, Committee Chair and past Amesbury Poet Laureate

Muriel Angelil, Amesbury poet and artist

Chris Bryant, President of the Whittier Home Association

Christine Remus, former ACC member

Joanne Sullivan, WHA member

Paulette Demers Turco, WHA member

Stephen Wagner, Amesbury Poet Laureate

Zara Raab, WHA member


Any questions can be directed to Committee Chair, Lainie Senechal at

Goals for the Post

The Poet Laureate may approach, implement, and complete these goals with their own individual flair.

APRIL POETRY MONTH – Provide and promote events and activities to celebrate National Poetry Month in Amesbury, including participation in youth poetry contests by the Amesbury Public Library (APL) and the Whittier Home Association (WHA). 


EVENTS & READINGS – Establish a series of regular public poetry events and readings throughout the year.


COLLABORATION – Work with existing organizations involved in literature and the arts, including the Amesbury Cultural Council (ACC), WHA, and APL. Reach out to businesses, schools, and other organizations. Attend monthly meetings of the ACC and the Poet Laureate Support Committee. 


PARTICIPATION  Bring poetry into the cultural life of Amesbury by participating in Amesbury Days, the Open Studio Tour, holiday celebrations, and civic events.. 


PROMOTION – Use social media and other channels to keep the public aware of poetry and poetry activities in Amesbury. This includes maintaining the Poet Laureate Facebook page.

Ready to Apply?

Interested applicants should submit the following by

Friday, September 6, 2019

  1. A one-page “Poet’s Statement,” describing your vision for the responsibilities of the Poet Laureate position.

  2. A resume of relevant experience and publications.

  3. Six original poems.

Send your materials by email to or, through USPS mail to:

Amesbury Cultural Council, Poet Laureate Committee

Amesbury City Hall

62 Friend Street

Amesbury, MA  01913-2825

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