Submissions are no longer being accepted. Thanks for the more than 50 poems submitted!

To enhance our city’s culture and celebrate the power of poetry, we are searching for a Poet Laureate of Johnstown.

Many towns, cities, and countries appoint writers to represent their communities and to help foster an appreciation for the art of poetry.  You can learn more about the Poet Laureate of the U.S.A, for example, by visiting our nation’s Library of Congress (  Here in Johnstown, we hope this initiative will enrich local residents with creative energy and give people the opportunity to learn about one another through poetry.


The winning poet will be proclaimed Poet Laureate by the Mayor of Johnstown during an award ceremony.  The Mayor’s proclamation will be followed by a brief, public poetry reading by the Poet Laureate and a parade or party in downtown Johnstown.  Also, the local CamTran buses will showcase the Laureate’s submitted poem as well as poems from other community members who applied to this contest.  The Tribune Democrat will publish the poem with a feature article about the Poet Laureate.


If you are between the ages of 11 and 111, we invite you to submit a poem.


We are accepting submissions now until January 31, 2020.


We do not prefer any poetic style, subject matter, or length—we simply seek the best poem we can find. Send us a poem that is on fire, full of color, cuts to the bone, or sets us free. The poem does not have to rhyme.We invite all voices, including residents of under-served neighborhoods, youth, and residents of color.

Throughout their lifelong appointment, the Poet Laureate of Johnstown will agree to

  • serve as an ambassador for poetry in their community through public readings and community initiatives, beginning with a poetry reading at the award ceremony

  • collaborate with other cultural leaders and organizations in Johnstown to promote poetry in the community

  • encourage Johnstown residents to take part in the poetry community and nurture an appreciation for poetry as an art form


The Poet Laureate of Johnstown is an art project in cooperation with the City of Johnstown, CamTran, University of Pittsburgh Johnstown and the art collective, Collaborative Craft.


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