City of Asylum Poet Laureate of Allegheny County

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 
  • 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

Eligibility

  • 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

Application Details

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

Optional:
You may submit one unpublished poem for early consideration for the series All Pittsburghers are Poets: Poem of the Week, published online in Sampsonia Way Magazine beginning May 2020.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 YorkerThe Atlantic MonthlyHarper’sO MagazineThe Kenyon ReviewHarvard 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.


If you have any questions about the application process, please contact poetlaureate@cityofasylum.org.


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

This project received a RADical ImPAct Grant from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD).

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