Piedmont Laureates Jaki Shelton Green(2009), Zelda Lockhart (2010), Scott Huler (2011), Ian Finley (2012), John Bemis (2013), Carrie Knowles (2014), James Maxey (2015), Katy Munger (2016), Mimi Herman (2017), Nancy Peacock (2018), David Merconi (2019), Tamara Kissane (2020)

Calling All Poets: Apply To Be the 2023 Piedmont Laureate!

Writers of all forms of poetry and poetic presentation styles are welcome to apply!

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County are pleased to announce the opening of the application process for the position of Piedmont Laureate for 2023. Each year the program is open to writers creating work in a particular selected genre (poetry, novels, plays, etc.), and for the 2023 cycle, applications will be accepted from poets. The selected candidate will focus on elevating poetry in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties.

The application submission period has been extended through September 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Learn more about the program and apply to be the 2023 Piedmont Laureate

Information Session

A virtual information session about the 2023 Piedmont Laureate program and call for applications will be held on Tuesday, August 30 at 7 p.m. via Zoom, a free video-conferencing software. Pre-registration is required.

Register for the 2023 Piedmont Laureate program Information Session



Belva Parker
Arts Program Director