One poet leaves, another is sought

December 21, 2003|By Aron Davidowitz

Maryland's poet laureate since April 2001, award-winning poet, University of Maryland English professor and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference director Michael Collier is expected to step down from the post early next year. The search for his successor is under way.

Nominations for the post are being accepted until Dec. 31. The state's poet laureate is an honorary position of the Maryland State Arts Council, a subdivision of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts.

Candidates' resumes must include a portfolio of previously published works as well as evidence of their superior talent in terms of either awards received or other forms of critical accolades. All candidates must have resided in the state of Maryland for at least six months.

The nominations will be reviewed by a panel of representatives from various arts and humanities institutions throughout the state. The committee will make recommendations to the governor's office, which is expected to make a selection sometime in February

Nominations should be sent to: Maryland State Arts Council, 175 West Ostend St., Suite E, Baltimore MD 21230. More information is available by calling 410-767-6555 or going online to www.MSAC.org.

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