Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs still accepting applications for poet laureate

Saratoga Springs City Hall.

Saratoga Springs City Hall.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The application deadline to apply to become the poet laureate for the Spa City has been extended until Oct. 15 in order to give people a full month from the day the city put up the site for applications to apply. 

The city approved in August a resolution that it would create the volunteer position of poet laureate in the city. The person given the position will have responsibilities such as writing Saratoga-specific poems, presenting poems at events and working on a major project that the poet will both plan and execute, according to Rachel Baum, the chairwoman of the committee selecting a poet laureate. 

“This could be a Poetry Walk, a Poetry Festival, Poems in the Park — I’m looking forward to seeing what fantastic ideas this special person will come up with to energize and excite us all!” Baum said in an email.

The poet laureate will be selected by a committee, Baum said. Baum said she was appointed by the mayor, while everyone else was appointed by the City Council. The other committee members are Carol Daggs, Terence Diggory, Richard Harvey, Charlie Israel, Maria McColl and Gina Michelin. The at-large members are Peg Boyers, Elaine Handley and Lisa Kolosek. 

“My goal with this initiative is to make poetry accessible, meaningful, and fun for everyone — adults and children alike,” Baum said. “The poet laureate will bring poetry to the community in new and creative ways.” 

Maggie Greaves, an associate professor of English at Skidmore College, said she’s thrilled the city is looking to have a poet laureate after hearing about it from Finance Commissioner Minita Sanghvi, who is a colleague at the college.

“As a city that has long been a hub of the arts and of healing, Saratoga Springs should absolutely have a poet laureate,” Greaves said. “Poetry serves an important emotional and ceremonial role in private and public life, connecting us to our inner worlds and to one another.”

Greaves said she has been writing poetry since 2015 and writes a lot about outer space and history. 

“For me, those big backdrops of time and space help me to understand and depersonalize intense inner experience, to understand how interiority is always part of something larger,” she said.

Although Greaves hasn’t applied for the position herself she has colleagues she said she is going to nominate to the position.

People interested in applying can find information at or by emailing requests to [email protected].

Reporter Shenandoah Briere can be reached at [email protected].net. Follow her on Twitter @ByBriere.

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