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The Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission is seeking a Poet In Residence: a community member who enjoys writing poetry and wants to share their talent with the community over the next two years.

The first year, 2019, the poet will write six poems, which he or she will read at various Wheat Ridge events celebrating its 50th anniversary of incorporation. The poems will also be posted on Wheat Ridge social media pages as well as in city publications.

The second year, 2020, the poet will be expected to conduct outreach workshops at several Wheat Ridge schools.

The poetry should inspire the community and be accessible to a diverse population as well as be an expression of our civic spirit. A $1,000 stipend accompanies this residency, to be distributed over the two years.

Interested? Email a letter of interest and qualifications, not to exceed two pages, to Cultural@ci.wheatridge.co.us using the subject line “Poetry” by Nov. 5. The letter should include: your interest in the City of Wheat Ridge; what inspires you as a poet; a resume pertaining to poetry writing; and full name, home address, phone number and email address.

Also include a portfolio of one eight- to 12-line poem on the topic, “How Does Wheat Ridge Inspire You?” and two to three additional poems of your choosing.

Preference will be given to Wheat Ridge residents or those with a Wheat Ridge connection.