Nominate Your Favorite CT Poet!

CT Office of the Arts | Feb 5, 2022

The nomination process is now open!

The honorary position of Connecticut Poet Laureate was established in 1985 by the State of Connecticut. As the state’s representative poet, the Poet Laureate serves as an advocate for poetry and promotes the appreciation of — and participation in — poetry and literary arts activities among Connecticut citizens.

The Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts (COA) appoints a resident as the State Poet Laureate based on the recommendation of a panel of poets and literary professionals.


Any Connecticut resident may nominate one poet for the Poet Laureate position who embodies the characteristics this award is designed to recognize. A self-nomination will not be accepted and no award will be given posthumously. Nominees must:

  • be full-time Connecticut residents (for at least the past five years prior to the nomination deadline);
  • recognized by peers and audience as an accomplished poet with a body of original work (published or unpublished);
  • be available to travel and give presentations.

Nomination & Application Process:

Any Connecticut citizen may nominate one (1) poet for the State Poet Laureate position and nominees may receive multiple nominators.

Nominations are submitted electronically. COA will process nominations on an ongoing basis and will invite nominated poets to submit an application. An application may only be submitted if a poet is nominated. Preview the nomination and application questions on the State Poet Laureate webpage and learn about our current State Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson and further details about the State Poet Laureate Program.


Nomination Deadline: March 22, 2022

Application Deadline: April 5, 2022

Notification / Announcement: mid-June, 2022

State Poet Laureate Term: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025

(all dates subject to change)