by Andrew Crisp
Next year marks the 150th anniversary of Boise's founding, and to celebrate, the city has a grip of plans in the works for the town's birthday. Included in the festivities is a paid opportunity for a Boise poet.
On Nov. 27, the Boise City Department of Arts and History announced its search for a poet laureate to serve for one year as part of the city's sesquicentennial commemoration.
Applicants must reside within Boise city limits and will serve from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2013. Responsibilities include writing three new works related to Boise 150 themes, community, environment and enterprise, and giving readings at select Boise 150 events.
An honorarium of $2,000 will be issued in $500 increments at the signing of the contract and after submission and presentation of the commissioned poems.
Interested poets must have a body of published work or honors in live poetry competition. Submissions must include a writing sample and letter of interest.
More information is available at the Department of Arts and History's website.