All Pittsburghers are Poets

Applications open for Poet Laureate awards

City of Asylum is now accepting applications online for Poet Laureates in four categories. This program is part of our new project, All Pittsburghers are Poets, that highlights the significance of poetry and advances our mission to defend, celebrate, and build on creative freedom of expression.

Click on the titles below to access prize details and application links.

We are honored to receive your applications. The deadline to submit applications for all four categories is Sunday, March 8 at midnight. The Laureates will be announced this April 2020 in celebration of National Poetry Month.

U.S. Poet Laureates Natasha Tretheway, Tracy K. Smith, and Joy Harjo have read at City of Asylum.

Poem of the Week

Throughout April in celebration of National Poetry Month, Allegheny County residents of all ages will be invited to submit one poem for All Pittsburghers are Poets: Poem of the Week. This series will appear online in Sampsonia Way Magazine beginning in May 2020. Poems will be curated by the editorial committee of Sampsonia Way and finalists for Emerging Poet Laureate of Allegheny County. We look forward to receiving your submissions in April!


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NEXTPittsburgh, “All Pittsburghers are Poets: City of Asylum creates Poet Laureate posts, open to all Allegheny County residents

If you have any questions about this program, please contact

City of Asylum is grateful for support from the following partners:

This project received a RADical ImPAct Grant from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD).
Urban Word is the primary partner for the Allegheny County Youth Poet Laureate (AC YPL).
The AC YPL is an official member of National Youth Poet Laureate Program, led by Urban Word.

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