Rural Libraries Tour Application 2020
We are proud to partner with Poets & Writers, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers, to present poetry and writing workshops on the Rural Libraries Tour. In 2020, we will support 14 Rural Libraries Tour writing workshops in California libraries.

Poets & Writers provides the experienced writers who host the workshops free of charge to the public. These 2 hour writing workshops can focus on writing, creativity, poetry, or memoir. Each writer brings their own experience and expertise to the workshop in a unique and engaging way.

Each participating library will receive from California Center for the Book and Poets & Writers:

~ 16 copies of the visiting writer’s most recent title (see below), to give to the public or add to the collection
~ 2 copies of An American Sunrise: Poems by Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States
~ 2 copies of American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time by Tracy K Smith, previous Poet Laureate of the United States, and convener of American Conversations: Celebrating Poems in Rural Communities Poet Laureate Project
~$500 author fee paid directly to the writer ($300 from California Center for the Book, $200 from Poets & Writers)

Participating libraries agree to:

~ Attend the Orientation Zoom meeting (see below)
~ Collaborate with at least one community partner (see toolkit below for ideas)
~ Ensure community surveys, program data, and final reporting are completed
~ Actively share best practices with fellow librarians and program staff

2020 Rural Libraries Tour Timeline

August 2, 2019 – Applications Open
August 30, 2019 – Applications Due
September 6, 2019 – Program notifications made
October 2, 2019, 10AM -11AM – Orientation Zoom meeting (required)
November 1, 2019 – Final Date/Time/Partner Info Due
January 2020 – June 2020 – Programs take place
July 15, 2020 – Rural Libraries Tour Library Report Due / Community Surveys Due


You will receive an email copy of your application. Please enter your email carefully. Thank you.

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Previous Rural Libraries Tour Participation
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Orientation Zoom Meeting Attendance
The required Rural Libraries Tour Orientation will be held via Zoom on October 2, 2019, 10AM -11AM. Will you be able to attend (can attend by desktop, laptop, or smartphone for video)?
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