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Poet Populist Seattle » Blog Archive » Announcing a New and Improved Program for Election Year

Announcing a New and Improved Program for Election Year

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.

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