St. Louis Poet Laureate

The Saint Louis Poet Laureate will promote the art of poetry and encourage literacy and learning throughout the Saint Louis region. Shirley LeFlore is Poet Laureate for 2018-2019

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Poet Laureate Overview

In 2014, the Saint Louis Board of Aldermen passed an Ordinance, introduced by President Lewis Reed, which established the position of Saint Louis Poet Laureate.

The Saint Louis Poet Laureate will promote the art of poetry and encourage literacy and learning throughout the Saint Louis region.

The Saint Louis Poet Laureate will be expected to share a literary theme for their two-year term and engage a variety of constituencies, enriching the lives of residents by sharing and promoting poetry through public appearances, readings, workshops, and digital and social media.

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