The Annapolis Art in Public Places Commission (AIPPC) has created the position of Poet Laureate for the City of Annapolis to support a greater appreciation of local people, places, history, and communal belonging through the reading and writing of poetry.

The Poet Laureate is the poetic voice of our City, and in undertaking this role, will participate in public events, perform and speak to the public, and reach out to the community to encourage appreciation of poetry and literary arts.

The AIPPC seeks applications for the position by Friday, April 20, 2018.

Applications from poets from all walks of life and writing in all poetry forms are welcome. In order to be considered for the position, applicants must either live, work, or attend an academic institution within the City of Annapolis; be at least 18 years old; and be distinguished in the field of poetry as demonstrated through a body of work, published or unpublished.

Selection Panel

The Poet Laureate will be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Annapolis in July 2018 for a term of two years, following the recommendation of the AIPPC selection panel.

Panelists for the 2018-2020 term are:

  • Co-Chairs:  Barbara Salazar Torreon and Gwen Manseau
  • John Beall, St. John’s College
  • John Beckman, U.S. Naval Academy
  • V.P. Loggins
  • William Rowel, City of Annapolis
  • Minnie Warburton

How to Apply

Further information and application procedures may be found in the Guidelines and Application Form and by contacting the AIPPC selection panel:


Phone: (443) 692-7876

The application deadline is Friday, April 20, 2018. Applications must be sent via email to or via postal mail to the AIPPC, Pip Moyer Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis, MD 21403.

Nominate Someone for Poet Laureate

Do you know someone who should apply to be the Poet Laureate for the City of Annapolis? Send us an email with your suggestion.