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van poet laureateThe City of Vancouver, Vancouver Public Library, and Vancouver Writers Fest are accepting nominations for Vancouver’s next Poet Laureate.

 The Poet Laureate, “the people’s poet,” is an honorary position with a flexible term of two to three years that begins in October 2014. During that term, the Laureate will act as a champion for poetry, language, and the arts, and create a unique, artistic legacy through public readings and events. The Poet Laureate may also complete a unique project during their term.

The Laureate should be guided by a mandate to raise the status of poetry in the everyday consciousness of Vancouverites. In addition to their civic duties, they will be free to pursue an individual agenda.

Acclaimed, award-winning poet Evelyn Lau is Vancouver’s third and current Poet Laureate. Evelyn is the author of five volumes of poetry, two works of non-fiction, two short story collections and a novel, with works translated into a dozen languages worldwide. She is at work on her sixth collection of poetry. During her three-year tenure, Evelyn will work to raise the profile of local poets and will also offer free consultations with emerging poets at Vancouver’s Central Library. Previous Poet Laureates include George McWhirter and Brad Crane.

Who should be the next Poet Laureate? Tell us by August 27th 2014.

You can nominate a peer or yourself. To be considered, candidates should:

  • Be published poets or performance poets
  • Live in the City of Vancouver
  • Have an established body of work
  • Be recognized for notable contributions to poetry and the literary life of Vancouver

Go to vancouververse.ca to learn more and here to find out about how you can nominate a poet.

Get nominating!