City of Orlando – Poet Laureate 


On behalf of our City Council and our residents, I am excited to announce our search for the city’s second poet laureate. I appointed Orlando’s first poet laureate, Susan Lilley, in October of 2017. Susan has helped us design our poet laureate’s role and I applaud her efforts. I will appoint our next poet laureate in October and we hope that you will help us find just the right person.  The arts and poetry are important parts of our cultural fabric in Orlando. Our poet laureate creates and expands our literary engagement with our residents and community.  We are partnering with United Arts of Central Florida to find Orlando’s next poet laureate!


Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando


See the guidelines linked below for eligibility requirements and duties.


Applications are due by 5:00 PM June 18, 2021 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