The Poet Laureate is the poetic voice of our City and will participate in public events, speak to the public about poetry and literary arts, and do outreach to youth and adults. They will serve as an active advocate for poetry, literacy, and literature in the community.
The process for the 2024-2026 Poet Laureate program has begun!
The Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission is proud to announce ZBassSpeaks, also known as Z, to the honorary position of Lafayette Poet Laureate for 2022-2024.
Z is a multi-lingual, twin-spirited Indigenous writer and performer for more than 15 years, whose notable engagements and awards include a three-time Winner Michael Adams Poetry Prize, Empowerment Center of East County Award, Boulder Valley School District's Latino Youth Leadership Conference Guest Facilitator, Lafayette's Annual Cesar Chavez Convivio 2017, Featured Guest for KGNU 2010- 2022, and CTC Art & Activism Poetry Workshop 2019 and 2020.
With strong ties to the community, and particularly Lafayette’s youth, through their work with the Empowerment Center of East County, Lafayette Public Library, Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee, and Sister Carmen Community Center, Z will connect a wholly inclusive Lafayette audience with contemporary means of writing, performing and disseminating poetry through readings, hosted events, educational workshops, multimedia projects, and inclusion oriented outreach initiatives, all honoring the artistic excellence of our community.
The Lafayette Poet Laureate, a program of the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission, promotes Lafayette’s creative, diverse, and eclectic identity by celebrating and fostering an appreciation of poetry, literacy, and honoring outstanding Lafayette poets. The Lafayette Poet Laureate is an honorary position whose role is to promote the literary arts and literacy within Lafayette.
The Lafayette Poet Laureate is responsible for producing, sharing, and promoting poetry throughout their term. Funded by Arts & Cultural Resources, this is a two-year position with a stipend of $2500 per term. The poet laureate may be reappointed for an additional term.
Poetry helps us appreciate the world around us, connects us with others, helps us empathize with other points of view, and strengthens our values. It can delight us, help us express ourselves, and come to terms with life challenges and difficulties. This program provides a way to help our community through hard times, celebrate our successes, and take pleasure in our daily lives.