Silicon Valley Officials To Grant Poetic License

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Undaunted by an economic outlook that is
anything but lyrical, officials are looking for a poet laureate to
sing Silicon Valley electric.

The idea of granting a little poetic license began before the
economy took a nose-dive last fall. But the board is going ahead
anyway.

Officials are looking to get their words' worth out of the new
laureate. They're paying a small $4,000 stipend for the two-year
post. The salary will be paid with money from hotel taxes that
already is dedicated to supporting the arts.

Candidates must be published poets and five-year residents of
the county. One of the new laureate's duties will be to undertake a
project to make poetry more available and accessible to people in
their everyday lives.

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