Vallejo Poet Laureate
The Poet Laureate of Vallejo is a two-year position selected through a competitive process. The Poet Laureate serves as an advocate for literacy and literature by participating in readings and other events at schools, libraries and literary festivals. The goals of program are to broaden the awareness of poetry, express the spirit of Vallejo culture through poetry and raise the level of discourse during discussion and debate in the City.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW POET LAUREATE FOR VALLEJO
Renay Conlin, Executive Director of the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation announced today the appointment of Jeremy Snyder as the new Poet Laureate for Vallejo. A committee comprised of literary experts included Juanita Martin, Jeff Kingman, Karen McKevitt and Nina Serrano selected Mr. Snyder through a competitive application and interview process.
Jeremy Snyder was born in Vallejo, California. A multifaceted artist, Jeremy has been an active member of the artistic community since 2006. He has been writing poetry and prose for as long as he can remember. He came into his own as a spoken word artist, performing at numerous venues throughout the Bay Area for the better part of the last decade.
Jeremy is the host for one of the longest running poetry shows in the Bay Area, Poetry by the Bay, founded by Kyrah Ayers in 2008. As host, he has focused on fostering a love of writing and performing in others. He recently hosted the Vallejo Poetry Slam at the JFK Library, and some of his work was published in the 2019 anthology Verses, Voices, and Visions of Vallejo. Jeremy is married to fellow poet and co-founder of the Vallejo Poetry Society, Erika Snyder.
His continued dedication to the local poetry community as a writer, performer, and host has made him a champion for the written word, preparing him for the honor of
becoming Vallejo's third poet laureate. "I very much look forward to advancing the love of writing in our community. I hope to bring awareness to these written and oral traditions, and to demonstrate the healing properties of creative writing."
He looks forward to building upon the foundation set by Genea Brice and D.L. Lang.
His two-year term begins now. He will work closely with the Vallejo Public Library and will conduct workshops throughout the Vallejo area and will have poetry readings at the Empress Lounge of his own work and those of area writers.
The Poet Laureate program celebrates Vallejo’s rich culture and diversity through the work of a poet who creates excitement about the written and spoken work as well as outreach activities, special programs, teach and their individual works. The role of the Poet Laureate is to stimulate poetic impulse, foster appreciation of poetry in all its forms and serve Vallejo residents and visitors with expressions of culture through words.