National Beat Poet Laureate

US National Beat Poet Laureate 2017-2018

William F. DeVaultl

William F. DeVault

William F. DeVault is the U.S. National Beat Poet Laureate 2017-2018.  The author of over twenty books, with half a dozen CDs of spoken word recordings to his credit, this poet was christened “The Romantic Poet of the Internet” in 1996 by Yahoo.  He vibrates in the strange ether between the academic poets and the street poets, aggressively avoiding labels while he churns out memorable works in his Bohemian existence.  His works have appeared in multiple anthologies and he has stalked venues from New York to Los Angeles, from New Orleans to Boston.  He formerly was the founder and host of “The Romantic and Erotic Poetry Group” for AOL and is the creator and publisher of the fusion literary/photography journal amomancies.


National Beat Poet Laureate 2016-2017

     Lori Desrosiers’ poetry books are The Philosopher’s Daughter (Salmon Poetry, 2013), a chapbook, Inner Sky (Glass Lyre Press 2015) and Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak (Salmon Poetry, 2016). Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She edits Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry. She teaches Literature and Composition at Westfield State University and Holyoke Community College, and Poetry in the Interdisciplinary Studies program for the Lesley University M.F.A. graduate program. She has been involved in the Beat Poetry Festival in some capacity for several years and was instrumental in bringing it to four states and several cities last year. 
Lori Desrosiers
Author of The Philosopher’s Daughter
and Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak
Salmon Poetry

National Beat Poet Laureate Award qualifications:

National Beat Poet Laureate Award

The esteemed recipient of the National Beat Poet Laureate Award is a poet who is well published in small press or commercial press.

The successful candidate has actively fostered public awareness and appreciation and participation in poetry of the Beat Generation authors or related authorship and history of the Beat Generation, either by hosting readings, events, or has given public presentations, or has taught in diverse communities, or has partaken in beat themed events or festivals in part as a presenter/reader/featured poet.

The laureate awardee can also have contributed as an Artist in residence for preservation of an established authors legacy.

VOTING: The National Beat Poet Laureate Award shall be awarded based on qualifying significant qualities discerned by 2/3  the collective vote of the NBPF board members.

Decision of Candidate selection choice shall take place between April 1 and May 1, each calendar year. Candidate voter submissions are accepted year round.

The candidate will receive the National Beat Poet Laureate award at the annual National Beat Poetry Festival, in September(to be delivered by a board member on behalf of the NBPF).

TERM OF OFFICE: the awardee serves a one (1) year term and may serve no more than two (2) terms within five (5) years.

EXPECTED DUTIES: The candidate will assist in editing the NBPF anthology comprised of poetry from all the various featured poets within the National Beat Poetry Festival’s annual event submissions.

The anthology will be published through Exile Press in Ct., no later than October 1, the following calendar year.

The laureate recipient will continue to raise the national consciousness about the Beat Generation by way of accomplishments similar to qualifications which merited the candidate’s receipt of the NBP laureate award.

EXCLUSIONS: The awardee shall only serve one (1) term for a year from date of award, but no more than two (2) consecutive terms within five (5) years.

2015-2016 National Beat Poet Laureate:




George Wallace (2015-2016) is the first recipient of the National Beat Poet Laureate award. He received the award at the Charles Bukowski Night event, Thursday,  August 27, 2015.

He is a professional writer and educator with 25 years in journalism, public relations and education. He is additionally a poet and performer, writer in residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace and first poet laureate of Suffolk County, with 29 chapbooks published, and is an adjunct professor of English at Pace University.

     He has conducted literary readings and discussions at such US locations as the John Steinbeck Center, William Carlos Williams Center, Pollock-Krasner House, Gordon Parks Museum, Woody Guthrie Festival, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC. As well, he has a worldwide profile of performances, lectures, workshops and appearances, and a quarter century as organizer of poetry communities.




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