Bucks County Poet Laureate

‌‌It's no wonder the Bucks County Poet Laureate program resides at Bucks County Community College, for this place has long been a haven for poetry. This is a place for readers and writers; speakers and audiences; those taking first steps on this path and those whose feet know each turn.

Bucks County Poet Laureate Program

The Bucks County Poet Laureate program, reaching back to 1977, is the longest poet laureate program in the state. For over three decades of history, the Commissioners of Bucks County have supported the program, which is funded by the BCCC Foundation.

The open competition begins each summer with submissions due in September and the new Poet Laureate named in the fall. 

‌‌Bucks County High School Poet of the Year

Tenth, eleventh, and twelfth-grade students who live in Bucks County and/or attend Bucks County high schools are eligible to compete for this honor, awarded each spring. In addition, an anthology will be made from each year's entries; if students wish to have their work considered for the anthology, they simply check off the appropriate box on the entry form. The deadline for the 2017 contest is March 10, 2017. To get an idea of the entry process, click here for a link to the Bucks County High School Poet of the Year Rules and Entry Form.

Bucks County Poet Laureate Events

The current and former Bucks County Poet Laureates have recently formed an Advisory Council to promote poetry within the county. Watch this space for details of events and projects.

Scholarship in Memory of Dr. Allen Hoey

A scholarship is being established in memory of Dr. Allen Hoey, 2001 Bucks County Laureate, former Director of the Bucks County Poet Laureate Program, and fondly-remembered BCCC Language and Literature Department professor.  For details, please contact Chris Bursk (215-968-8156, christopher.bursk@bucks.edu).



Dr. Chris Bursk (215-968-8156, christopher.bursk@bucks.edu)

Dr. Ethel Rackin (215-497-8719, ethel.rackin@bucks.edu)