City Of Windsor Seeks Poet Laureate And Youth Poet Laureate

Tuesday November 20th, 2018

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The City of Windsor is is looking for the city’s next Poet Laureate, as well as the city’s first Youth Poet Laureate.

Windsor’s Poet Laureate Program is a vital piece of the local creative community. Since 2011, the program has helped develop and cultivate an engaged, all-ages local audience that appreciates and responds to the literary arts. The program aims to promote poetry to a wide and appreciative audience, while strengthening the public’s relationship to literature. The program celebrates poetry, writing, and the contribution of poets to the cultural life of our diverse community. Windsor’s program has set an example for other Canadian communities for what is possible through a responsive and interactive poet laureate program that truly engages a community, while allowing us to capture, preserve and share Windsor’s unique stories.

The city’s current Poet Laureate, Marty Gervais will reach the end of his term along with the current Windsor City Council. In recognition of his tenure in the role, and to honour his contributions to the development of the program, City Council recently appointed Mr. Gervais as the Poet Laureate Emeritus for Windsor. In this new leadership and mentorship role, Mr. Gervais will continue to be recognized as an ambassador for the literary arts in Windsor.

The Poet Laureate position will serve to honour a Windsor poet aged 25 years and older, while the Youth Poet Laureate position will serve to honour a Windsor poet aged 14 to 24 years.

More information can be found online here.

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