The post of El Dorado County Poet Laureate is bestowed on a noted local poet to honor his or her body of work and to celebrate poetry as an art form. Consideration is given to the caliber of his/her work, engagement with poets and writers in the community, and the critical acclaim the work has garnered.

The post entails a two-year term beginning July 1. The term includes the composition of several “occasional poems” per year, to be presented or read at public events, creation and implementation of the Poet Laureate’s own special Poetry Project as a public benefit, participation in public readings at libraries in all five El Dorado County supervisorial districts on the “Laureate Trail,” and a commitment to participate in El Dorado County’s Poetry Out Loud programs for high school students.