Youth Poet Laureate 

Edmonton’s new Youth Poet Laureate: Sophie Kim

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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.

For more information:
Media contact:
Francis Asuncion
Communications Advisor
780-423-4890

Contact Sophie at s dot kim 41 at hotmail dot ca

 

Overview

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 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.  

Youth Poet Laureate 2018-2019

To Be Released By September 2018.

Links

Nasra profiled in Avenue Magazine Edmonton.

Edmonton's First Youth Poet Laureate, Charlotte Cranston