New Zealand Poet Laureate – Have your say

PoetryPress release from The National Library:
The National Librarian/Chief Executive of the National Library of New Zealand is seeking nominations for the inaugural New Zealand Poet Laureate Award.

Poetry is an essential part of New Zealand art and culture and through the New Zealand Poet Laureate Award, the Government acknowledges the value that New Zealanders place on poetry as a part of our national identity.

The New Zealand Poet Laureate Award is based on the existing Te Mata Estate New Zealand Poet Laureate scheme, which it will supersede. While Te Mata Estate New Zealand Poet Laureates were normally chosen by their predecessors, the National Librarian/Chief Executive of the National Library will appoint the New Zealand Poet Laureate, after reviewing nominations and seeking further advice as necessary.

The Poet Laureate’s drafts, creative processes (including video interviews, podcasts, readings, web links, web pages, etc) and published work will be preserved in the National Library’s National Digital Heritage Archive and in the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Nominees must have made an outstanding contribution to New Zealand poetry and be an accomplished and highly regarded poet. Additionally, candidates must currently reside in New Zealand.

The term of appointment for the inaugural Poet Laureate will be from December 2007 to 30 June 2009.

Nominations should be submitted to Policy and Information Democracy, National Library, Box 1467, Wellington or to sheryl.calvert@natlib.govt.nz. Contact one of the above addresses or call 04 474 3027 for more information. Nominations close on Wednesday, 21 November, 2007.

The Poet Laureate will be announced in December by the Minister Responsible for the National Library, the Hon. Judith Tizard.

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