The Watsonville Public Library will begin accepting nominations for its new poet laureate program beginning June 1.

The goal is to elevate the art of poetry in the city and to help celebrate the literary arts, according to an announcement by the library Wednesday.

Nominations are being accepted online, in person at the library, or via email through Aug. 31.

Library Director Alicia Martinez said the program will harness the power of storytelling through poetry.

“The Poet Laureate will provide a focus for the appreciation and dissemination of poetry in Watsonville, promote the appreciation and knowledge of poetry among our youth, and act as a spokesperson for the growing number of poets and writers in the City of Watsonville.”

The eventual poet laureate will serve a two-year term beginning in January and, among other responsibilities, will represent the city and the art of poetry through outreach efforts.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Watsonville or Freedom.

A complete list of responsibilities and eligibility criteria is available on the city’s website.