City of Orlando – Poet Laureate 













Attention Central Florida poets: Mayor Buddy Dyer has announced a search to appoint the City of Orlando’s first Poet Laureate. The purpose of the position is to promote poetry and an appreciation of poetry among residents and to inspire an emerging generation of literary artists and readers of literature.

The Poet Laureate is a ceremonial appointment, and the selected poet will serve as a prominent fixture in the City’s cultural and literary arts community, presenting original works of poetry at City events and schools. The position includes a modest honorarium.

See the guidelines linked below for eligibility requirements and duties.


Applications are due by 5:00 PM August 7, 2017 to

Media Announcement



Application Form

*IMPORTANT ELIGIBILITY UPDATE: Mayor Dyer has broadened our search to include applicants who “live or work” in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia or Lake County and meet all of the other eligibility guidelines.

Top 10 Finalists, Poet Laureate Program – City of Orlando

Orlando Poet Laureate in the News:
07/12/17 — City of Orlando – Seeking Orlando’s First Poet Laureate
07/12/17 — Orlando Sentinel – Orlando launches search for City’s first poet laureate
07/12/17 — 90.7 WMFE – The search begins for Orlando’s first poet laureate
07/12/17 — WESH 2 News – Orlando wants to appoint first poet laureate
07/12/17 — Orlando Weekly – Orlando is looking for its first poet laureate
07/12/17 — Bungalower – City of Orlando wants their own poet laureate
07/12/17 — USNEWS – Orlando Wants to Appoint First Poet Laureate
07/13/17 — Orlando Sentinel – Urged by UCF instructor, Orlando expands poet laureate search
08/25/17 — Orlando Sentinel – 49 applicants compete to be Orlando’s first poet laureate
09/21/17 — Orlando Sentinel – Finalists chosen in Orlando’s search for city’s first poet laureate
10/19/17 — Orlando Sentinel — Orlando chooses Susan Lilley as its first poet laureate
10/23/17 — City of Orlando – Orlando City Council Approves Appointment of First Poet Laureate