Call to Poets

Poet Laureate - Call to Poets

The Arts and Culture Commission will be accepting proposals for the City's third Poet Laureate sometime in the Fall of 2020. The expected term will be from November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2021.

Please see the Poet Laureate Request for Proposals ("RFP") for more details.

Poet Laureate Program Goals

The Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) established the Poet Laureate Program with funding from the City’s Arts in Public Places Program. As envisioned by the ACC, the City’s poet laureate will encourage the poetic energy of the El Cerrito community.

The poet laureate will perform two public readings and develop and lead three community events during each year of the two-year term.

The laureate will create and lead activities that inspire writing and performances of poetry among all age groups while initiating a dialogue between local poets, cultural organizations, and community institutions.

The laureate will promote literature and the arts in the city, bring attention to poetry in less traditional settings, and encourage residents in their writing and personal expression.

The laureate will receive a stipend of $2,400 for the two-year term.


The poet laureate must:
  • Be a resident of El Cerrito or work full-time in the City
  • Demonstrate a commitment to poetry writing, spoken word performance, and community involvement and outreach
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be able to serve the full two-year term as laureate

How to Apply - The RFP will be released soon. Please check back

To be added to the RFP notification list, please send an email to

Submit a complete proposal by 4:00 pm on TBA, 2020. Submissions will only be accepted in electronic format (PDF files sent via email) or online at: TBD

Proposals must include:
  1. Application Form
  2. Letter of Interest
  3. Examples of Original Work - published, self-published or unpublished work
  4. References
  5. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
If you have questions, please contact Arts and Culture Commission Staff Liaison Maya Williams, Assistant to the City Manager, at 510-215-4318.