Nominate a Poet to become Vancouver’s next Poet Laureate!

Do you know an accomplished, local Indigenous poet who has engaged with the Vancouver literary community? Does that description fit you?

Until December 15th, the city of Vancouver and Vancouver Public Library are seeking nominations for the 2018 Poet Laureate of Vancouver. We are thrilled to support this project, which began with the inaugural laureate, George McWhirter, in 2007, and, most recently, featured 2017 Festival author Rachel Rose in the role.

About the Program:

The Poet Laureate, ‘the people’s poet,’ is an honorary position with a flexible term of two to three years. During that term, the Laureate will act as a champion for poetry, language and the arts, create a unique literary project and represent the City as Laureate during readings at civic functions and public poetry events.

Duties may include:

  • Participating in the literary and cultural life of the City;
  • Producing new original works during their term that may reflect or represent ideas and issues of importance to the diverse people of Vancouver;
  • Presenting, in person, works of significance at civic events (i.e. the annual Mayor’s Arts Awards), City Council meetings, official functions or cultural events; among them an inaugural event at the VPL’s poet’s corner at the central library.

  • Term and Remuneration:

  • The Poet Laureate will be selected for a flexible period of two to three years commencing in 2018.
  • The stipend is $5,000 per year. Additional project funds may be available to support Laureate activities dependent upon available financial resources.
  • All writing, notes and original materials produced during the tenure of the Poet Laureate will remain the property of the Poet Laureate.

  • Qualifications:

  • Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh published or performance poets who are active in their field;
  • Have a notable body of work that has received peer recognition for excellence;
  • Have been recognized for contributions to poetry, engagement with a diversity of Vancouver’s cultural communities, and the literary life of Vancouver.

  • How to submit a nomination:

    The submission deadline is December 15, 2017.

    Email submissions to subject line: Poet Laureate Nomination Submission

    Paper submissions will be accepted c/o:

    City of Vancouver Poet Laureate Nominations
    City of Vancouver; Community Services; Cultural Services
    501-111 West Hastings St.
    Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

    Candidates may be:

  • Nominated by a peer through a two-page nomination letter that addresses the eligibility and selection criteria; or
  • Self-nominate through a two-page letter of intent that addresses the eligibility and selection criteria

  • Learn more and submit your nomination at

    Author: Arielle Spence

    Communications Coordinator


    Arielle Spence

    Communications Coordinator