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Local literary organizations search for a set of poets in Orange County who will inspire social change

Donald Dungan Library in Costa Mesa.
Donald Dungan Library in Costa Mesa is one of the 32 community libraries under O.C. Public Libraries, which is partnering with local literary organizations to launch poet programs.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

LibroMobile and Orange County Public Libraries are accepting applications for O.C. Poet Laureate and O.C. Youth Poet Laureate.

In a countywide effort, the organizations aim to reflect the diverse demographics of the region, promote cultural connections and community partnerships and inspire residents through poetry.

In the poet laureate program, one literary role model who is over 19 years old is chosen to help share poetry and local social justice initiatives with audiences.

Through the youth poet program, one laureate is selected among young writers from 13 to 19 years old. They receive an honorarium that can be applied as an educational scholarship or arts programming. Finalists serve as ambassadors alongside the laureate and have opportunities for performances, projects and peer support.

The two local organizations are also partnered with National Youth Poet Laureate Program and Urban World, which both center youth development in literary arts.

Applicants must demonstrate artistic excellence in poetry and a commitment to civic engagement and social justice. Requirements include applicants to reside in the county and have a direct connection to the area but are not required to be U.S. citizens.

Applications are open online until July 15 and the two laureates will be announced on Aug. 15.

For more information, visit www.libromobile.com/ocpoetlaureates.

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