Youth Poet Laureate 

Applications are nearing for the fourth Youth Poet Laureate.

The City of Edmonton Youth Council and City of Edmonton present the 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. The Youth Poet Laureate brings a unique voice to the larger city and will promote youth civic engagement through poetry. 

The selected Youth Poet Laureate brings 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.

Background

The role of Edmonton’s Youth Poet Laureate is to reflect the life of a city for youth through readings of poetry. As an ambassador for the literary arts, the Youth Poet Laureate incorporates poetry into a range of official and informal City activities. Recognizing that Edmonton has a vibrant arts community in which youth have a strong voice, the selected Youth Poet Laureate will bring that unique voice to the larger city.

Specifics:

  • The Youth Poet Laureate must be and maintain resident status of the City of Edmonton for the duration of the term, provided by proof of mailing address. 
  • The term is from November 1, 2018 until August 31, 2019
  • The Youth Poet Laureate must be between the ages of 13-23 within the entirety of their term (ex. cannot turn 24 between November 1 and August 31).
  • Youth may only hold this position for one term and for one time.

Responsibilities:

  • At least once in the term to City Council (must be an original work)
  • At least once in the term to City of Edmonton Youth Council (must be an original work)
  •  Perform at youth and city-wide events as requested and determined mutually
  • At a minimum of two official City of Edmonton functions
  • Assume the role of the youth literary ambassador for the City of Edmonton
  • Create a community poetry project during their term to engage Edmonton youth in poetry
  • Additional possible activities of the Youth Poet Laureate could include:
    • Perform at youth and city-wide events as requested
    • Collaborate with the City of Edmonton's Poet Laureate

For any further questions contact Ian Smith, City of Edmonton, Citizen Services at 780-442-7161 or ian.smith2@edmonton.ca.  

To Apply

  • Applications are now open!
  • Applications will be open until October 1 at 11:59 PM.
  • Interviews will be conducted on Saturday October 13th
  • Announcement will occur week of October 22nd.