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Pleasanton seeks applicants for Teen Poet Laureates

Applications with writing samples due Aug. 1

Pleasanton is now accepting applications for two Teen Poet Laureates that will serve for the 2014-15 school year.

High school juniors and seniors who are interested in contributing to their community and enjoy writing are encouraged to apply.

The Teen Poet Laureate program promotes writing, and helps develop and foster an appreciation for composing, reading, reciting and listening to poetry. Poet laureates will lead projects such as casual poetry readings, assisting middle school teachers with poetry programs at their school site, and collaborating with the adult Pleasanton Poet Laureate on poetry-related events.

Applicants must submit two short samples of their poetry or prose, a short statement about why they are applying, and what projects they would like to pursue. In addition, applicants must submit a list of school courses and activities they will be participating in during the 2014-15 school year.

The application can be found online or contact Julie Finegan at 931-4849 or jfinegan@cityofpleasantonca.gov.

Application deadline is Aug. 1.

Applicants must be enrolled and in good standing with their high school.

One student will be selected from Amador Valley and another from Foothill high schools.

Poet Laureates serve with and under the current Pleasanton Poet Laureate and city staff.

Volunteer hours can be earned.

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