Detroit ACE is seeking nominations for two new appointees as Detroit's Poet and Composer Laureates.

Lacey Holmes
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Please see application instructions and position descriptions below.  The materials can be submitted by the nominee OR submitted on behalf of the nominee. 

To nominate a candidate, please submit a packet that includes 

              1) the nominee's name, address, email and phone number; 

              2) two reference letters for the nominee

              3) the nominee's resume; 

              4) samples of the nominee's work 

              5) a letter from the nominee outlining a vision for the job

The packet should be submitted via email attachment to [email protected] 
The Detroit Poet Laureate will:
  • Plan and lead poetry-centered events across the city.
  • Give an annual address to the City at the Detroit Public Library
  • Participate in community-based and national poetry programs that reflect and honor the diversity of Detroit.
  • Write a singular poem for year-end presentation that represents a theme for their time in the role.

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be Detroit residents;
  • Have a substantial body of published work, including at least one full-length book;
  • Have been an established, professional poet for at least 10 years.

The Detroit Composer Laureate is a new position that would advocate for and represent Detroit’s diverse musical community, promote Detroit’s rich musical history and build upon Detroit’s history of musical innovation and excellence.

The Composer Laureate will honor and challenge local composers to elevate Detroit’s past musical history and genius as well as create original music that defines our lives.

The laureate will have two major deliverables:

  • Create a legacy project, an original composition, that will be performed in celebration of Detroit’s musical excellence and continual commitment to musical greatness (place and time to be determined by the Composer Laureate and Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship).
  • To collaborate with a range of different residents, organizations and schools on programming and projects

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be Detroit residents;
  • Have a substantial body of published composition;
  • Have at least 10 years of experience writing published music.
Email Applications to [email protected]

The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2024