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Poet Populist Seattle » 2008 » August

August 2008

Announcing a New and Improved Program for Election Year

Friday, August 1st, 2008

In an ongoing effort to bring wider awareness and participation to the Seattle’s Poet Populist program we’ve made the following updates: 

  • New election calendar: The election will now run September 15 through November 4.
  • New inclusiveness for students: the new schedule will allow students and schools to participate to a greater degree.
  • Curriculum development: We are developing a curriculum for high schools that will examine democracy and the arts, and provide opportunities for candidates to visit schools. This effort is supported by Seattle Arts & Lectures and the Seattle Public Schools.
  • Improved web site: More dynamic features (live voting updates, audio and video embedding, candidate’s toolkit) will enhance the voter experience and improve the public presentation of candidates and participating organizations. 
  • Fiscal sponsorship: The program is newly a project of the non-profit Shunpike, which serves as a fiscal sponsor.
  • Final event: The four finalists with the highest vote totals will be invited to read at the Richard Hugo House on November 14, where the winner will be announced and awarded a cash prize of $500. 

Download a PDF of this news release.