Bucks County Poet Laureate

The Bucks County Poet Laureate program resides at Bucks County Community College. 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.

Poet Laureate Entry Form

Bucks County High School Poet of the Year

Ninth, 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.

HS Poet of the Year Entry Form

Bucks County Poet Laureate Events and Publications

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.

Fire Up the Poems

Just published! Fire Up the Poems: Poetry Prompts for Teachers, the new book published by the Poet Laureate Program of Bucks Country Community College, is out and being distributed gratis to Language Arts teachers throughout Bucks County.

Written by working poets recognized for their art, this book of ready-to-use prompts gives teachers new, creative tools to encourage poetry writing in their classrooms. Senior and middle school students will learn from the examples presented by more than 20 local Poets Laureate.

Fire Up the Poems inspires creative expression, demonstrates the power of poetry to create change, and enables a wider understanding of ideas. Edited by Mary Jo LoBello Jerome, PL 2019, with Katherine Hahn Falk, PL 2017, Luray Gross, PL 2002, Laren McClung, PL 2016, and Ethel Rackin, Director of the PL Program at BCCC, the prompt anthology will eventually be made available online to a wider audience.

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.


Dr. Ethel Rackin (ethel.rackin@bucks.edu)