Maryland Poet Laureate Appearance Request Form
The Maryland State Arts Council is accepting requests for appearances that begin on or after March 1, 2019 for Maryland Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri via this form.

Ms. Cavalieri's picture and bio for marketing materials may be found on the Poet Laureate page of the Maryland State Arts Council website:

The Poet Laureate position was formally established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1959 (Chapter 178, Acts of 1959; Code State Government Article, sec. 13-306) and authorizes the Governor to appoint a citizen of the State as Poet Laureate of Maryland.

Ten Poets Laureate have served for the State since the inception of this Act in 1959. Past Poet Laureates include (in order of service): Maria B. Coker, Vincent Godfrey Burns, Lucille Clifton, Reed Whittemore, Linda Pastan, Roland Flint, Michael Collier, Michael Glaser, Stanley Plumly, and Grace Cavalieri.


The Poet Laureate of Maryland is an honorary State position in which the individual selected will serve at the discretion of the Governor for up to a four-year term renewable by the Governor’s consent.


The Poet Laureate will provide public readings for the citizens of Maryland, ensuring that people in all geographic regions of the State have access to at least one reading during the term of service. The Poet Laureate will undertake projects that make poetry more available and accessible to citizens of Maryland of all ages. Should the Poet Laureate serve during an election year, he/she will write and read a poem specifically for the governor's inauguration. As an honorary position the Poet Laureate will not receive compensation, though limited reimbursement for expenses incurred in the performance of duties is available.


For further information regarding the Maryland Poet Laureate position please contact Christine Stewart, Poet Laureate Liaison, at 410-767-6476 or e-mail

If you need assistance in using this form, please contact the MSAC office at 410-767-6555 or TDD/TTY: 410-333-4519

REPLIES TO THIS REQUEST may be sent from Christine Stewart, or the Maryland Poet Laureate email, which is (please add these addresses to your safe senders list).

The Maryland State Arts Council is an agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts

Maryland State Arts Council
175 W. Ostend Street, Suite E
Baltimore, MD 21230
Voice: 410-767-6555
Fax: 410-333-1062
TDD/TTY: 410-333-4519
Web Site:

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Larry Hogan, Governor
Boyd K. Rutherford, Lt. Governor
Kelly M. Schulz, Acting Secretary of Department of Commerce
Ben Wu, Deputy Secretary of Department of Commerce
Liz Fitzsimmons, Managing Director, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts
Kenneth Skrzesz, Executive Director, Maryland State Arts Council


Jack Rasmussen, Chair, Montgomery County
Julie Spangler Madden, Vice-Chair, Howard County
Joan Lyon, Secretary-Treasurer, Garrett County

Carole Alexander, Anne Arundel County
Timothy L. App, Baltimore City
Lily Bengfort, Queen Anne’s County
Barbara Bershon, St. Mary’s County
Zoe Charlton, Baltimore City
Jaqueline Copeland, Baltimore County
Anthony Cornwell, Allegany County
Carla Du Pree, Howard County
Senator Richard S. Madaleno, Jr., Montgomery County
Shelley Morhaim, Baltimore County
B.G. Muhn, Montgomery County
Gary Vikan, Baltimore City
Delegate Alonzo Washington, Prince George's County
Anne Winter West, Baltimore County


Teara Booker
Arthur Brown
Chad Buterbaugh
Rosa Chang
Dan Crawford
Liesel Fenner
Jennifer Menkhaus
Kayla Morgan
Dana Parsons
Steven Skerritt-Davis
OKeena Stephenson
Christine Stewart

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