Los Angeles seeks its own poet laureate

Los Angeles has a job opening for a poet. The city is creating the position of poet laureate, and it is seeking nominations until Oct. 10.

“What we’re looking for is a fine writer that also has a true commitment to community service," said USC poetry professor Dana Gioia, who heads up the blue ribbon panel of poets and literary scholars that will select the laureate.

The panel is looking for an accomplished local poet who will "take an active role" in promoting language and literacy in schools and elsewhere, said Gioia, who is also a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

“It’s a very good day for the city and it’s a very good day for writers, teachers, librarians, readers, that this is something that is going to be part of the vision for the city,” he said.

The city will announce who is the first laureate in November. The laureate will serve a two-year term, and receive a stipend of up to $20,000.

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