On April 23, 2013, The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved the establishment of the post of San Mateo County Poet Laureate to elevate poetry into the consciousness of San Mateo County residents and to help celebrate the literary arts.


The Poet Laureate will be a two-year position which includes a $5000 yearly stipend. During that term, the Poet Laureate will act as ambassador and advocate for poetry, literature and the arts. It is expected that the Poet Laureate will contribute to San Mateo County’s poetry and literary legacy through public readings and participation in civic events. The Poet Laureate will also propose and lead a community project.

Applications will be considered for the post of San Mateo County Poet Laureate. Application is available on CommonGrantApplication.com. Applicants will need to register with CommonGrantApplication.com to submit an application. The deadline for receipt of the application supporting documents is by 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 16, 2022