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Minnesota’s Poet Laureate Review Panel

MHC seeks a diverse group of individuals familiar with poetry and enthusiastic about the role of Minnesota’s Poet Laureate to participate in an independent Review Panel. The role of the Review Panel is to assess all nominations received and make recommendations for Minnesota’s next Poet Laureate. The Review Panel will meet virtually between March 17-19 and March 25-31, 2021. The total number of times the group convenes might be up to three and individuals may complete additional work outside of those meetings. Total time commitment depends on the number of nominations/applications received. Review Panelists will be offered an honorarium of $350.00.

The independent Review Panel will be a diverse group of individuals who represent a broad spectrum of gender, age, cultural experiences, statewide locations, published and non-published poets, librarians, educators, etc., with preference for people with experience engaging traditionally marginalized voices in poetry.

Reviewers cannot be nominees/applicants. Any reviewer having submitted a nomination will need to disclose that and recuse themselves from participating in the review process.
If you are interested in serving on the Review Panel, please complete this online interest form no later than 8:00 a.m. March 15, 2021.