Vancouver seeking third Poet Laureate

By Tracy Sherlock
The City of Vancouver is accepting nominations for its third Poet Laureate.
“Since 2007, the City of Vancouver has selected a gifted writer to represent the cultural richness of our community and we have been fortunate to draw upon the talents of professor emeritus George McWhirter and the award-winning Brad Cran as our Poets Laureate. Each brought their unique voice to the creative expression of Vancouver’s identity and their work is an important part of our literary tradition,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a news release.

Nominations and submissions will be accepted until Aug. 24 from published poets who live in Vancouver, and who have either an established body of work, or who have been recognized for notable contributions early in their career.

“Becoming the Poet Laureate of Vancouver is a significant honour but more importantly it is a unique opportunity to promote poetry to a wide and appreciative audience,” Cran said in the release. “The Laureateship allows a poet to strengthen the public’s relationship to literature and improve the cultural life of our city. I highly encourage local poets to submit applications to be Vancouver’s next Poet Laureate.”

The new Poet Laureate — who will be paid $5,000 each year — will be announced Oct. 19 for a three-year period.

The funding is donated by Dr. Yosef Wosk through the Vancouver Foundation.
“We are most grateful to Dr. Wosk for his support and vision for the literary arts in our city and particularly for his involvement in creation of the Poet Laureateship,” said chief librarian Sandra Singh.