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Applications now open for county's next poet laureate

San Mateo County is seeking a new poet laureate for the 2019-20 term.

The poet laureate's job is to elevate poetry and celebrate the literary arts within the county by making poetry more accessible to people, according to a press release.

The next poet laureate will be the county's third. Lisa Rosenberg currently holds the title, and will complete her term in December.

Her successor will step into the two-year position in January.

During her tenure, Rosenberg founded Spoken Art, a community-wide project designed to increase appreciation for the county's poets and artists, according to the website.

The next poet laureate will be responsible for creating his or her own project. "The community project is a central part of the poet laureate's charter," Roseberg said.

Applications for the 2019-20 term are being accepted now through Aug. 6, and the next poet laureate will be announced in October.

The position includes a $5,000 yearly stipend.

For more information, visit sanmateocountypoet.org.

—By Lauren Kelmar

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