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The city of Seattle is seeking applications for a new city position — a sort of poet-in-in-chief. The Office of Arts & Culture is accepting applications through Thursday, May 28, for the newly created position of  Civic Poet.

The Civic Poet program was inspired by the Poet Populist program,  created by Seattle City Councilman Nick Licata. That position was discontinued in 2008. According to a press release, the Civic Poet will appear at five annual performances and work to foster “community dialogue and engagement between the public and artists, while celebrating the literary arts.”

The position carries a $10,000 stipend and runs for two years, from July 2015 to July 2017. Interested? Check  out the requirements — you need to be Seattle-based, among other things.  Other requirements and the application form are at