Middletown's Poet Laureate

Middletown Commission on the Arts (MCA) present Middletown's Poet Laureate criteria.


  • Nominees must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment
  • The poet Laureate must have a strong desire to be actively engaged in the community by performing his or her own work and/or sharing his or her own work and talent with the public.
  • Poets may self-nominate or be nominated by a Middletown resident.
  • Nominees may not be MCA Commissioners or MCA Staff.
  • Nominees must be full time Middletown residents for at least one year prior to the nomination date.
  • Nominees must be experienced in the field of poetry and able to fulfill the required duties of the position.

Poet Laureate Opportunities

  • A reception in their honor.
  • Promote awareness of poetry in Middletown by participating in city and statewide events as an official representative of the City of Middletown.
  • Promote at least one public event per year or as requested by the Mayor and/or the MCA.
  • Foster public appreciation of and participation in poetry and literary arts activities in schools, colleges and the local literary community.
  • Represent Middletown within the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate.

Terms of Service

  • The City Poet Laureate will serve for a term of 3 years with the possibility of renewal.
  • As an official representative of the City of Middletown, the Poet Laureate must maintain Middletown residency during his or her term.
  • The City Poet Laureate will be a nonvoting Member of the Middletown Commission on the Arts.