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The City of San Diego is excited to announce the Call for Artists
for San Diego’s second Poet Laureate!


Request for Qualifications

Application Deadline

  • Apply for San Diego Poet Laureate by 11:59 p.m. November 3, 2022

Interested, qualified artists are encouraged to apply!


Poets Laureate

The Poet Laureate serves as an ambassador and advocate for poetry, spoken word and the literary arts. During the two-year term, the appointed Poet Laureate produces engaging and conceptually rich original works inspired by and in response to San Diego. Charged with cultivating critical thinking, connection, and appreciation of the art form, the Poet Laureate participates in public events and leads a poetry project that broadens the audiences for poetry. Most importantly, the Poet Laureate is the city’s poet, a civic poet - the people’s poet, whose role is to elevate an already thriving literary arts scene and enhance San Diego’s cultural richness.

The San Diego Poet Laureate was instituted in San Diego in 2020.

Ron Salisbury - Conversations with Poets

Ron Salisbury

San Diego Poet Laureate 2020-2021

Ron Salisbury served as the first San Diego Poet Laureate. His book Miss Desert Inn, won the Main Street Rag Poetry Prize. As Poet Laureate, Salisbury spearheaded two projects: Poetry of Resilience and San Diego Poetry Together Challenge.