The Poet Laureate recognizes a professional poet’s achievements and their demonstrated history of accomplishments. It promotes their continued pursuit of their creative work, as well as community engagement in poetry. The Poet Laureate serves a two-year term and honorees are awarded $5,000 for each year. The next application period will open in 2022.
The Fairfax County Poet Laureate recipient is both a high honor and a community outreach program to showcase poetry and the literary arts. The program raises the visibility of poetry by supporting a leadership role for a poet to engage new audiences, create new opportunities for poetry to be shared, and encourage the creation of poetry and other literary works.
The Fairfax County Poet Laureate serves as an ambassador of poetry for a two-year term by promoting the appreciation of poetry as an art form in the county, region and state. In this leadership role, the Poet Laureate will create and execute a community service project.