Peter Cooley, Louisiana Poet Laureate

Louisiana State Poet Laureate

2015-16 Request for Proposals

Peter Cooley: Conversations with and Readings by Louisiana’s State Poet Laureate

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities announces the availability of grants to sponsor the Poet Laureate for readings and discussions in libraries and cultural institutions throughout the state.

About the Louisiana Poet Laureate 2015-2017

Peter Cooley is Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing program at Tulane University. He is the author of ten full-length collections, eight through Carnegie Mellon University Press, most recently in 2014, and three chapbooks. His individual poems have appeared in over seven hundred magazines, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, and in over one hundred anthologies. A little more than a year ago, The New Yorker editors featured print and recorded versions of Cooley’s poetry. His writing has been supported and honored through numerous grants, prizes and fellowships, including an ATLA grant from the state of Louisiana in 2011-12. A longtime and active member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, he serves the community through faith-based as well as secular service.

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) will award up to four (4) for Outreach Grants in 2014 and four (4) in 2015 to non-profit organizations for a maximum of $1,500 each.

(e.g. libraries, adult literacy groups) wishing to have Dr. Cooley for poetry readings and discussions or presentations on topics such as:

  • Contemporary American poetry
  • Contemporary use of traditional forms
  • Teaching poetry writing to children in the classroom
  • Teaching poetry writing to adults
  • The Revision process
  • Coaching poets in the reading of their own poems
  • Forming a productive poetry workshop
  • Women’s Voice in poetry
  • Collaboration with other art forms

Criteria for all projects:

Submissions must be of interest to general public audiences. Events must be open to the general adult public. Programs designed strictly for school-age children are ineligible.

Eligible Costs:

Applicants may request funds for stipends, publicity and promotional materials. Generally, the honorarium for the Poet Laureate will depend upon the number of activities and length of travel from her home.

Application Process:

Potential applicants should contact the LEH to secure detailed information on preparing the application. The staff will review and critique drafts submitted four to six weeks before the deadline.

Application Deadlines:

Ongoing until funds are exhausted. Applications must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the planned event.  Awards will be announced within two weeks of applying.

Contact Peter Cooley to schedule an appearance:

To order Dr. Cooley’s books from Carnegie Mellon Press, click here or call 1-800-421-1561.

For application details, contact:
Brian Boyles