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Hosted by Spokane Arts, Spokane Poet Laureate Mark Anderson, and Spokane City Council, Poetry at the Podium offers 30+ yearly reading opportunities for poets.

This initiative will give local poets the opportunity to make their voices heard at Spokane City Council meetings. All poets living within Spokane city boundaries are welcome to apply to read. This opportunity will both offer Spokane poets a new audience within the Spokane community, and remind council meeting attendees that poetry can play an important part in the civic realm. Interested poets should submit a single poem, which they will agree to read at a Council meeting if selected. During each year, preference will be given to submissions from readers who have not yet read at a Council meeting.

Per City Council Meeting Rules for public decorum, submitters are asked to remember the following:

· The chosen poem may take no more than three (3) minutes to read, and poets are asked to state no more than their name and Spokane neighborhood before reading.

· No poet may read more than once per month.

· Poets shall not use profanity, engage in obscene speech, or make personal comment or verbal insults about any individual.

City Council also asks that poets remember that many audience members are children (Boys and Girls Scouts, etc.) and try to keep the content of their reading appropriate for all ages. Besides this request to honor Council meeting rules and considerations, poets should not feel themselves under any restrictions concerning the content of their work. Spokane Arts respects every citizen's right to free speech and will not engage in censorship of poems submitted for this initiative. Poets are reminded, however, that Council meetings are broadcast on television, which means that their reading comes under the Federal Communications Commission’s rules regarding obscene, indecent, and profane content: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/obscene-indecent-and-profane-broadcasts.

To find further details and submit poetry, please click the link below. If you have any questions, please contact Spokane Arts (artshelper@spokanearts.org).