Poet Laureate

Amy Alysa Glynn named Poet Laureate for Lafayette and Orinda


Amy Alysa Glynn has been named the Poet Laureate for Lafayette and Orinda and and will serve a two-year tenure.

Ms. Glynn is a poet, essayist and fiction writer whose work appears widely in journals and anthologies including The Best American PoetryA resident of Lafayette and the mother of two young daughters, her first collection of poems, A Modern Herbal, was published in 2013 and is available on Amazon; her second collection is in process. She studied at Mount Holyoke College and received her master's degree in creative writing at Lancaster University in England.

Along with Robert Pinsky, she co-curated the "Favorite Poem Project" reading at the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College in 2015 and the Head-Royce School in Oakland in 2017. A freelance wine writer, she is also a staff journalist at Paste Magazine.

"I am pleased to be named inaugural poet laureate of Lafayette and Orinda and look forward to working with both municipalities to develop a wide range of public programs that bring literary diversity into our communities," said Glynn.

About the Poet Laureate Program

The new Poet Laureate Program marks the first opportunity of its kind for our local literary community.  The Lamorinda Arts Council Poet Laureate Program manages and supports the Poet Laureate who serves both Lafayette and Orinda.

The Poet Laureate is called upon to write theme-based poetry and read poetry at civic and other events such as public ceremonies and dedications.  He or she also supports the Lamorinda Arts Council Poet Laureate Program activities in the schools and community and serves as a liaison with literary organizations.

The goals of the program are as follows:

  • to encourage poetry and the literary arts in our communities
  • to stimulate and inspire residents in their writing
  • to present poetry in non-traditional venues to expand its reach
  • to promote dialogue between poets, others in the literary arts, cultural groups and community organizations.

Who Should Apply?

In order to be considered for this position you must be:

  • a resident of and/or work in Lafayette or Orinda*
  • 21 years of age or older
  • the author of published poetry, appropriate for public consumption
  • available to commit to a term of 2 years

In addition, successful candidates should also be:

  • willing to promote and advocate for the Cities of Lafayette and Orinda as venues for poetry
  • able to advocate for the inclusion of poetry in public and civic events
  • able to inspire and foster an awareness and appreciation of the role of poetry in the community through poetry readings, writing educational programs, and other outreach events, activities, and programs
  • available to interface with various literary organizations
  • available to collaborate with the Lamorinda Arts Council Poet Laureate Program committee and provide them with a quarterly report of activities
  • competent to work with digital and social media
  • willing to orient and train the next Poet Laureate.

*As the Town Council of Moraga has not, as of yet, joined the Town Councils of Orinda and Lafayette to endorse this program, we are unable to accept Moraga based applicants at this time.  If you live or work in Moraga and would like to see Moraga included, please contact the Moraga Town Council.


The candidate selected for this position serves a two-year term as the Poet Laureate for the cities of Lafayette and Orinda and receives a stipend of $3,000 per year.

Important Information

Applications for the current position were accepted through January 31, 2018.  Applicants apply online directly; nominations are not accepted. The Selection Committee reviews all applications to ensure basic criteria are met.  Qualifying candidates were notified in early 2018 and interviews were scheduled shortly thereafter.

Questions: contact us