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.

Nomination Timeline

  • 6/18/2018 - Nomination submission period begins
  • 7/20/2018  - Deadline for receipt of nominations by Saint Louis Poet Laureate Task Force
  • 8/7/2018  - Saint Louis Poet Laureate Task Force meets to select semi-finalists
  • 8/18/2018  - Semi-Finalist interviews
  • 8/18/2018 - Saint Louis Poet Laureate Task Force’s recommendation is submitted to President

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.

Latest News

President Reed announces next term for Poet Laureate
President Lewis Reed announces next term for the St. Louis Poet Laureate and has appointed Cheryl D.S. Walker to chair the taskforce.
Press release | Board of Aldermen | 06/12/2018

Next Poet Laureate to be sworn in Friday
Shirley LeFlore will be the 2018-2019 Poet Laureate
Press release | Board of Aldermen | 11/08/2018

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