Applications Open for County Poet Laureate

Teenagers are invited to apply to become the next teen poet laureate of Suffolk County.

The successful applicant will serve from June 1-May 31, 2026, and help create opportunities to promte and bring poetry by younger residents into the community.

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • Suffolk County residents
  • Ages 13 through 19.
  • Entrants should be able to serve a 2-year term from June 1, 2024 through May 31, 2026.

The application packet must be submitted by a junior high or high school teacher on the student’s behalf and must include:

  • Teacher’s letter of recommendation.
  • 3 poems, each no longer than 60 lines, any form, style, or topic.
  • A short CV documenting:
    • candidate’s leadership and civic engagement, such as an activity (formal or informal) promoting the quality of life in their school or community and demonstrating a commitment to equity and inclusiveness.
    • Evidence of past literary publication and awards will be considered but Is not a requirement.
  • Letter of recommendation, poems, CV, and cover letter should all be submitted in one Word file (not a PDF file nor in the body of the e-mail.)

Packets must be received by email at [email protected]

The current teen laureate and a panel of former laureates will select the next Teen Laureate and finalists, whom will be invited to participate in a celebration at the Walt Whitman Birthplace in 2024.

Contact [email protected] for questions about the application process.

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