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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has announced Arts Mid-Hudson is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Dutchess County Poet Laureate appointment now through January 2nd.
County Executive Molinaro said, “The arts community thriving in Dutchess County is another reason we are Distinctly Dutchess. These talented men and women of all ages contribute to our tourism industry and improve our quality of life. The Poet Laureate appointment recognizes an individual who not only celebrates our community through his or her poetry, but also helps inspire and educate. If you are or know of an exceptional poet who will continue this great tradition, I encourage you to submit a nomination.”
Dutchess County established the unpaid role of Dutchess County Poet Laureate in 2016 to honor local outstanding poets, integrate poetry into the community, enrich the education of our young people, and enhance the County’s position as a cultural center in the Mid-Hudson region. Arts Mid-Hudson manages the process of the public call for nominations, inviting a panel of literary professionals and community members to make a recommendation for approval by the County Executive. Nominations may come from individuals or organizations within or outside of Dutchess County. Poets may also self-nominate. For complete guidelines and to submit a nomination, visit the Arts Mid-Hudson website.
Annandale resident Robert Kelly served as the County’s first Poet Laureate in 2016 and Poughkeepsie resident Bettina “Poet Gold” Wilkerson currently serves in the post and was originally appointed in 2017.
“We appreciate County Executive Molinaro’s continued dedication to Dutchess County arts and literacy programming,” said Linda Marston-Reid, Executive Director for Arts Mid-Hudson. “The arts benefits residents of all ages and backgrounds and is a key component to a thriving community. We are grateful to County Executive Molinaro for the ongoing support of the arts community.”