Youth Poet Laureate

"The role of the Youth Poet Laureate is to reflect the life of a city through poetry readings, and act as a youth ambassador for the literary arts in Edmonton."

- Sophie kim, 2018-2019 Youth poet laureate

The City of Edmonton and the City of Edmonton Youth Council have appointed Sophie Kim as Edmonton’s new Youth Poet Laureate.

Sophie’s Kim’s love for the written word started in English class where she currently attends at Old Scona Academic high school. Her journey started with an assignment focused on a personal response text and soon evolved to seeing her prose and poetry published in the school’s writing and arts magazine. Aside from poetry, she is deeply rooted in health, physical activity and biological sciences, hoping one day to pursue a career as a healthcare professional. In the meantime, Kim aims to reach out to high school students who are not yet prominent writers.

“Poetry is something everyone has the capacity to get involved in; you don’t have to be a great writer or that top English kid to create a work of art that moves someone or allows you to express yourself,” says SophieKim. “The kind of self-reflection and complex thinking that poetry gives rise to is so important for youth as they mature into young adults, and I want to encourage that growth through poetry with other youth.”

The role of the Youth Poet Laureate is to reflect the life of a city through poetry readings, and act as a youth ambassador for the literary arts in Edmonton.

As Youth Poet Laureate for the 2018-19 term, Sophie Sophie will promote youth civic engagement by elevating the voices of other youth in Edmonton through poetry. She will perform original work at City Council, youth and youth city-wide events as well as and create a community poetry project. In 2015, Edmonton became only the second city in Canada to have a Youth Poet Laureate. The position is a joint collaboration between the Edmonton Poetry Festival, City of Edmonton Youth Council and the City of Edmonton.

"Our Roots": YEG Youth Poetry Collection

As part of Youth Poet Laureate role, they work on a project to engage Edmontonian youth with poetry. Sophie Kim has dedicated to launch magazine project to create a space for youth to share their story of growing up in a collection of poetry by other youth. By creating this platform Sophie hopes to make sharing poetry more approachable and accessible, as well as emphasize the value of youth voices. The theme “growing up/ our roots” aims to showcase diversity in Edmonton while creating a sense of unity among youth across the city, not just in their schools or communities.

Calling all youth ages 16-23! This magazine collection showcases the diversity in Edmonton's youth and provide a platform for youth to share their stories. As youth share this space to grow, these stories become valuable reflections of the roots that make us both diverse and interconnected.