Poets of the pavement – local places with Poet Laureates


The list below identifies those cities, towns, villages, townships, shires, and counties which have a designated or appointed poet laureate.  It is meant to include only those with an active poet laureate position or which are searching for someone to fill the position. Any corrections or additions are most welcome, particularly for poet laureates of non-English speaking places.

Lastly, some places have a youth poet laureate, others have an adult poet laureate, while others have both. Unless otherwise noted by a ‘Y’ for youth or an ‘A and Y’ for adult and youth, the places listed refer solely to an adult poet laureate.

  • Alameda, CA
  • Albany, CA
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Andover, MA
  • Arlington, MA
  • Arlington, VA
  • Auburn, WA
  • Aurora, CO
  • Baltimore, MD (Y)
  • Banff, AB, Canada
  • Barrie, ON, Canada
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Belfast, ME
  • Belfast, UK
  • Belmont, CA
  • Benecia, CA
  • Berks County, PA
  • Birmingham, UK
  • Boise, ID
  • Boston, MA
  • Boulder, CO
  • Brantford, ON, Canada
  • Brentwood, CA
  • Brookline, MA
  • Bucks County, PA
  • Caddo Parish, LA
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Canton, CT
  • Carrboro, NC
  • Charleston, SC
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Clark County, NV
  • Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Cobalt, ON, Canada
  • Cobourg, ON, Canada
  • Columbia, SC
  • Culver City, CA
  • Cupertino, CA
  • Danville, CA
  • Davis, CA
  • Denver, CO (Y)
  • Derbyshire, UK
  • Derry, NH
  • Door County, WI
  • Duluth, MN
  • Dunn, WI
  • Dutchess County, NY
  • Eau Claire, WI
  • Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • El Cerrito, CA
  • Emeryville, CA
  • Erie County, PA
  • Fairfield, CA
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Fresno, CA
  • Gainesville, FL (Y)
  • Glastonbury, CT
  • Gloucester, MA
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Gulfport, MS
  • Halifax, NS, Canada
  • Hamden, CT
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Hazelton, PA (Y)
  • Highland, IN
  • Hillsborough, NC
  • Houston, TX (A and Y)
  • Huron, OH
  • Kern County, CA
  • Key West, FL
  • Kingston, ON, Canada
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Laguna Beach, CA
  • Lake County, CA
  • Lancaster, PA (Y)
  • Lancaster County, PA
  • Lansing, MI (search underway)
  • Lewisville, TX
  • Livermore, CA
  • Logan, UT
  • London, ON, Canada
  • London, UK (Y)
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Los Gatos, CA
  • Lucas County, OH
  • Madison, WI
  • Malibu, CA
  • Marin County, CA
  • McAllen, TX
  • Memphis, TN
  • Milford, CT
  • Milton, ON, Canada
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Mississauga, ON, Canada
  • Modesto, CA
  • Montgomery County, PA
  • Moose Jaw, SK, Canada
  • Moscow, ID
  • Nanaimo, BC, Canada
  • Napa County, CA
  • Nashville, TN (Y)
  • Nassau County, NY
  • New Bedford, MA
  • New Britain, CT
  • New London, CT
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Newtown, CT
  • New Westminster, BC, Canada
  • New York City, NY (A and Y)
  • Norfolk County, ON, Canada
  • Norfolk, VA (Y)
  • North Andover, MA
  • Nottingham, UK (Y)
  • Oakland, CA (Y)
  • Ogden, UT
  • Old Saybrook, CT
  • Olympia, WA
  • Orange County, NY
  • Orlando, FL (search underway)
  • Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Owen Sound, ON, Canada
  • Pacifica, CA
  • Peterborough, ON, Canada
  • Philadelphia, PA (A and Y)
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Plattsburgh, NY
  • Plymouth, UK
  • Portland, ME
  • Portsmouth, NH
  • Prince Georges County, MD (Y)
  • Prince William County, VA
  • Quad Cities, IA-IL
  • Queens, NY
  • Redmond, WA
  • Reno, NV
  • Richmond, CA
  • Rochester, NH
  • Rockland, ME
  • Sackville, NB, Canada
  • Sacramento, CA (A and Y)
  • Salinas, CA (Y)
  • San Antonio, TX
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Luis Obispo County, CA
  • San Mateo County, CA
  • San Ramon, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Santa Clara County, CA
  • Santa Cruz County, CA
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Seattle, WA
  • Shelburne, VT
  • Silver City, NM
  • Somerville, MA
  • Sonoma County, CA
  • South Windsor, CT
  • Spokane, WA
  • Springfield, MA
  • Staffordshire, UK
  • St. John’s NF, Canada
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Stockton, CA
  • St. Paul, MN
  • Sudbury, ON, Canada
  • Suffolk County, NY
  • Sunland-Tujunga, CA
  • Surrey, BC, Canada
  • Swampscott, MA
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma Park, MD
  • Tampa, FL
  • Tompkins County, NY
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Union Bridge, MD
  • Vallejo, CA
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Ventura County, CA
  • Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Volusia County, FL
  • Wallingford, CT
  • Washington, CT
  • Washington, DC (Y)
  • West Hollywood, CA
  • West Tisbury, MA
  • Windsor, ON, Canada
  • Winnepeg, MB, Canada
  • Winona, MN
  • Wocestershire, UK
  • Yacolt, OR
  • York, PA

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