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Vancouver's Poet Laureate

The Poet Laureate is an honorary position that was established by City Council in December 2006 to honour and celebrate the contribution of literature and poetry to life in Vancouver. The Laureate has a flexible term of two to three years.

The Poet Laureate Program is a partnership of the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Public Library, and Vancouver Writers Fest.

The position is funded by a generous endowment established by Dr. Yosef Wosk, OBC, in 2006.

Christie Charles, "Miss Christie Lee" of Musqueam

Christie Charles, also known as "Miss Christie Lee" of Musqueam, with lineage to Tseil-waututh and Squamish nations, is an artist who expresses her gifts in many forms. Growing up in a world of music her focus has been hip hop, namely raps, where she as an emcee incorporates her traditional knowledge, stories and ancient Musqueam dialect.

She is a story teller, poet, coastal hand drum singer, filmmaker, and a speaker for her ancestors. Her goal is to empower and reconnect spirits to who we truly are as first peoples of the lands.

Poet Christie Charles

As Poet Laureate

Christie will champion poetry, language and arts, and elevate the prominence of Host Nation and urban Indigenous poetry and cultural practices. She will host live performance events that connect artists, poets and performers from First Nations, and Urban Indigenous communities with artists from a diversity of cultural practices: both traditional and contemporary.

Christie will also translate submitted poetic writings into Halkomelem—the Musqueam dialect—for a unique publication that she will create during her tenure as a legacy for future generations. 

A message from the Poet Laureate Partners

The Poet Laureate Partners – the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Public Library, and Vancouver Writers Fest – welcome Christie Lee Charles to the position.

At the same time, the partners extend their gratitude to Christie’s predecessor, Rachel Rose, for her service as Poet Laureate. During her tenure, Rachel worked on Sustenance - a project which invited writers from BC and beyond to celebrate all that is unique about Vancouver’s literary and culinary scene. This culminated in a book called Sustenance – Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food.

Aportion of the sale from every book will go toward providing a refugee or low-income family with fresh, locally grown produce, and at the same time will support BC farmers, fishers, beekeepers, and gardeners.

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