Here's the email I refer to:
*The application for California Poet Laureate is now open. The submission deadline is February 1, 2011.*http://www.cac.ca.gov/poetlaureate/main.php
*If you are a poet, I encourage you to nominate yourself. I also encourage all of you to nominate the amazing poets in California!*
*California's poets are absolutely among the most prestigious in the nation. The California Poet Laureate is a Governor's appointee. We now have a new Governor, and it is also time to begin the selection process for the next California Poet Laureate. The mission of the California Poet Laureate is to spread the art of poetry from classrooms to boardrooms across the state, to inspire an emerging generation of literary artists, and to educate all Californians about the many poets and authors who have influenced our great state through creative literary expression.*
*I look forward to reading your nominations!*
Literary Arts Specialist
California Arts Council * *
Just a thought. Maybe we could ask some illustrious benefactor to finance the first year - payment for visiting schools and universaties, organising some events, travelling to outback areas, appearinf on radio and TV, and running a dedicated blog.