Vancouver looks for its next Poet Laureate

July 22 2014 –

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

What the Poet Laureate does

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.

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

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

Learn more and complete a nomination

Past poets laureate and their accomplishments

The previous poets laureate were:

  • George McWhirter (2007-2009), who edited the anthology A Verse Map of Vancouver
  • Bran Cran (2009-2011), who organized the Vancouver 125 Poetry Conference
  • Evelyn Lau (2011-2014), who held manuscript consultations with emerging poets and promoted poetry in public spaces

Learn about previous Laureates at

Why Vancouver has a Poet Laureate

The Poet Laureate position was established by City Council in December 2006 to honour and celebrate the contribution of literature and poetry to life in Vancouver. The honour is funded through a generous endowment from Dr Yosef Wosk, OBC.