Youth Poet Laureate 


Meet Nasra Adem, the City of Edmonton’s new Youth Poet Laureate for 2016-17. Adem is a 22-year-old multidisciplinary artist. She is the 2014 winner of the Edmonton Poetry Slam and has performed her work at many events, including YouthCanSlam and the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Adem is the founder of Sister 2 Sister, a monthly artistic showcase by women of colour.

“I think the power that the youth wield; their passion for change, their newness and hope, their intelligence and fire is something Edmonton should both fear and be in awe of.” said Adem. “As Youth Poet Laureate, I look forward to facilitating spaces for this power to be celebrated!” As Youth Poet Laureate, Adem will perform at public events, including writing a minimum of two original poems to be performed at the City of Edmonton Youth Council and City Council meetings. Adem is Edmonton’s second Youth Poet Laureate. She will serve a one-year term. The position is sponsored by the Edmonton Poetry Festival, City of Edmonton Youth Council, and the City of Edmonton. 


Nasra profiled in Avenue Magazine Edmonton.


The City of Edmonton Youth Council, City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Poetry Festival are excited to present the second year of Youth Poet Laureate in Edmonton, Alberta. We have a proud of tradition of poets laureate within Canada and Edmonton continues to be a leader in ensuring that the work of youth poets is celebrated through the Youth Poet Laureate position. We want you to join us in the celebration! The Youth Poet Laureate will bring a unique voice to the larger city and will promote youth civic engagement through poetry. The first year was a great success and we are excited to continue the tradition by recognizing that Edmonton has a vibrant arts community in which youth have a meaningful and strong voice.

The selected Youth Poet Laureate will bring their unique voice to the larger city. Embarking on a one year term, the Youth Poet Laureate, will perform at public events and create a project that engages Edmonton youth in poetry. They will assist in setting a course to further bring Edmonton youth with the civic life.

We recognize diversity when it comes to public speaking and performance within poetry, noting that individual poets may tend to favor writing for the page or for the stage. While this position does require you to read your poems at public events, we would emphasize that the Youth Poet Laureate role is an opportunity is for all kinds of poets, writing in all different styles. As Youth Poet Laureate you will be in the spotlight, but you will also receive support to gain public speaking skills and develop your strengths.

Thank you and we look forward to your submission.For any further questions contact Ian Smith, City of Edmonton, Citizen Services at 780-442-7161 or