Youth Poet Laureate 

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 2017-2018

To Be Released By November 2017

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