Arts & Culture El Dorado has inaugurated a Poet Laureate program for El Dorado County.  This post, officially appointed by a conferring institution, is bestowed on a noted poet to honor his or her body of work and to celebrate poetry as an art form.

An El Dorado County Poet will be chosen by a panel of literary experts because of the caliber of his/her work, their engagement with poets and writers in the community, and the critical acclaim their work has garnered.

The role of the Poet Laureate of El Dorado County entails a two-year term beginning July 1, and ending June 30. The term will include the composition of several “occasional poems” per year, to be presented or read at public events, creation and implementation of their own special Poetry Project as a public benefit, participation in public readings at libraries in all five El Dorado County supervisorial districts with the Laureate Trail, and a commitment to participate in El Dorado County’s Poetry Out Loud programs for high school students.