Reno Poet Laureate

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Established by the Reno City Council in 2014, the City of Reno Poet Laureate is a distinguished position conferred upon a local poet who has a record of achievements in poetry and ability to advance poetry in the public domain. The Poet Laureate participates in public gatherings or educational settings and work with the Arts and Culture division of the City Manager's Office to share works of poetry or commentary on Reno life.

Seeking Nominations for Our Next Poet Laureate

The City of Reno is now seeking candidates to serve as the honorary City of Reno Poet Laureate, the mission of which is to promote poetry as both an art form and a means of inspirational public commentary.

To be considered, a poet must be a Reno resident and be available to present at public activities throughout the year. The Poet Laureate serves a two-year term. The Reno Arts & Culture Commission provides a $1,000 honorarium, per year, to support a minimum of four (4) engagements throughout the year by the Poet Laureate on behalf of the City. The poet may be self or other nominated.

Nominations closed on Friday, February 1, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Megan Berner at (775) 326-6333 or


Lindsay Wilson

Lindsay Wilson - Reno's Poet Laureate for 2017/2018!

Lindsay Wilson is the current Poet Laureate for the City of Reno. His term is from early 2017 to the end of 2018.

Lindsay Wilson is an English professor at Truckee Meadows Community College where he has edited the literary journal, The Meadow, since 2006. He has served on the editorial boards for Unwound Magazine, the Owen Wister Review, and Fugue. From 2009 to 2017 he served on the Nevada Writers’ Hall of Fame Selection Committee. He earned his B.S. in Social Science (1997) and his M.A. in English at the University of Wyoming (2003) before completing his M.F.A. in poetry at the University of Idaho (2006). In 2016 he won the Board of Regent Nevada System of Higher Education Regents’ Creative Activities Award. He has been named a finalist for the Phillip Levine Prize, he has published five chapbooks, and his first collection, No Elegies, won the Quercus Review Press Spring Book Award. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals including The Bellevue Literary Review, Pank, The Portland Review, Verse Daily, and The Missouri Review Online.

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