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City Seeks Next Youth Poet Laureate

Monday February 15th, 2021, 11:19am


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The City of Windsor is calling for applications or nominations for the city’s next youth poet laureate.  The city’s current youth poet laureate, Samantha Badaoa, will reach the end of her term in 2021.

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 by celebrating poetry, writing and the contribution of poets to the cultural life of our diverse community. Windsor 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 the City to help capture, preserve and share Windsor’s unique stories.

Applicants must reside in the city of Windsor and have a strong connection to the local arts, culture and heritage community. Through this process, the City is seeking out diverse voices and perspectives, including Black, Indigenous and People of Colour and equity-seeking writers and poets. Those working in non-traditional literary art forms (including spoken word artists and storytellers) are encouraged to apply.

For further information or questions, you can contact Culture at [email protected], or visit the Poet Laureate web page for the submission form and other program information.

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 5th, 2021.


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