A person with pink hair, wearing a toque, uses their phone to take a photo of fluorescent tubing on the exterior of a black building outlining the words Let's Heal the Divide
'Contrasts,' part of the Vancouver Poet Laureate City Poems Project.

Call for submissions: 2025 Poet Laureate

The City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Public Library, and the Vancouver Writers Fest are accepting submissions from published and performance poets for Vancouver’s next poet laureate. 

The laureate will start in January 2025 for a 2 or 3-year term. The announcement of the new laureate will take place at the Vancouver Book Award event in October 2024.

What's happeningDeadline extended: Submit your application by June 26, 2024

We're looking for applications from Vancouver-based poets and poets from xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh) Nations who have:

  • A notable body of work
  • Earned recognition for contributions to poetry and our literary community

IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, and people of colour) and literary artists from equity-deserving communities are strongly encouraged to apply for this opportunity.  

The term equity-deserving refers to those in the community who face deep-rooted marginalization because of biases, historic, social, and environmental barriers including age, ethnicity, disability, economic status, gender, nationality, race, sexual orientation, or transgender status.

Submit your application

Past and present poets laureate


Contact us

Miko Hoffman
Cultural Planner