The City of Asylum Poet Laureate of Allegheny County will:
- serve a two year term (April 2020-March 2022)
- receive a prize of $2,500
- read at the award ceremony on April 29
- participate in readings programmed by City of Asylum in diverse venues across the county
- develop a project to engage Allegheny County residents through poetry in collaboration with City of Asylum
- Applicant must reside in Allegheny County
- Applicant must have a significant history of published work
- Applicant must have experience with civic engagement through the literary arts
A completed application form includes:
(1) contact information
(2) resume or CV with a record of past publications and performances
(3) and one short-answer question
You may submit one unpublished poem for early consideration for the series All Pittsburghers are Poets: Poem of the Week, published online in Sampsonia Way Magazine beginning May 2020. See application for details.
Applications are closed for the 2020-2022 term.
Meet the Judge
Jill Bialosky is a poet, novelist, essayist and editor. Her newest memoir is Poetry Will Save Your Life. She is the author of four acclaimed collections of poetry, most recently The Players; three critically acclaimed novels, most recently, The Prize, and a New York Times bestselling memoir History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, O Magazine, The Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, and Paris Review among others. She co-edited with Helen Schulman the anthology, Wanting a Child. She is an Executive Editor and Vice President at W. W. Norton & Company. In 2014 she was honored by the Poetry Society of America for her distinguished contribution to poetry.
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