Vancouver's Poet Laureate

The Poet Laureate, ‘the people’s poet,’ has an important role in raising poetry’s visibility through the creation of a unique literary project that engages the city’s diverse communities, and by presenting or performing in City-lead or partnered events and community public poetry functions.

The Poet Laureate was established by City Council in December 2006, in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library and the Vancouver Writers Fest, and is funded through a generous endowment from Dr. Yosef Wosk, OBC.

What's happeningCall for nominations

Nominations for Vancouver’s next Poet Laureate are invited for or from Vancouver-based poets and poets from xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh) Nations who have a notable body of work, who have been recognized for contributions to poetry, and has a history of engaging with Vancouver’s diverse cultural communities through their practice. The Laureate’s term will commence in 2021 and will last two years.

A nomination form from the candidate or from a peer should be submitted on or before August 11, 2021.

Download the nomination form and terms of reference (478 KB)

Thank you to the past Poet Laureate

The Poet Laureate partners extend our gratitude to Christie Lee Charles for her service as the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate and for her contributions to the city’s literary life.

Read about past poets laureate and their accomplishments

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