SWAMPSCOTT — The town is looking for its next two poet laureates.
The town of Swampscott is currently accepting entries of original poems, of modest length, written by residents for its Swampscott Town Poet Laureate award.
There will be two town poet laureates selected, a young student poet from K-4 and an adult poet laureate age 18 or older, but no longer a high school student.
The adult poet laureate position will be for three years to enable the chosen poet to work to encourage and support poetry experiences in town. The young poet laureate will be for a one-year term.
Each applicant is asked to submit three original poems to the main desk of the Swampscott Public Library by March 14. Previously submitted poems can also be entered.
Applicants are asked to submit two typewritten copies of each poem. One copy should have the poet’s name, age, mail address, phone number and email address. All copies should be designated either “young poet” or “adult poet.”
Judges will review poems and a selection will be made during National Poetry Month by the end of April.
“We look forward to receiving your fine poems and to the daunting, but delightful task of selecting poet laureates for 2018,” said Sami Lawler, who organizes the competition.