Hawaii State Poet Laureate – Nominations Now Open

Posted on: July 28, 2022 | Category: Spotlight


“The Resolution in the Hawaiʻi State Legislature supporting the formal development of a Hawaiʻi State Poet Laureate Program passed! And we have the pictures to prove it.” Pictured here: Executive Director, Aiko Yamashiro and Communications Officer, Lyz Soto celebrate the passing of the Resolution and the launching of the nomination process. Photo: Rob Chang

“Poetry has a long tradition of representing the best values of a given community, of helping to nurture and cultivate a rich and vibrant culture, and to bring out the humanity that needs to be shared by all,” stated poet, editor, educator, and co-founder of Bamboo Ridge, Eric Chock in his public testimony supporting the Hawaiʻi State Poet Laureate Program.

Nominations for a poet laureate for Hawaiʻi are open from June 20, 2022-August 20, 2022.  Self-nominations are welcome. The 2023 Hawaiʻi State Poet Laureate will be announced early in 2023. This position will help build and sustain a literary community that connects our islands, our stories, and our peoples; it will raise support for work that will make poetry accessible to more communities throughout Hawaiʻi.

Included in this new partnered program (State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawaiʻi State Public Library System, and HIHumanities) is a $20,000 stipend for the poet laureate, providing more tools for facilitating broader support to a wider community by offering poetry workshops throughout the islands and collaborating with Hawaiʻi’s rich and vibrant literary community to bring attention to Hawaiʻi’s diverse voices and stories.

For more information on the nomination process, please click HERE. We are so grateful to everyone who made this possible!

In state observance of the Independence Day holiday, all public libraries and library support offices will be closed Saturday through Monday, July 2 to 4, 2022.