To better understand the nuances of holding the title of poet laureate, we spoke to laureates from select Canadian cities (and a Territory) about what the title means to them.
As the first invested poet laureate in any Canadian province or territory, pj johnson considers herself a storyteller who is upholding what it means to be a Canadian writer.
As Edmonton’s sixth poet laureate, Pierrette Requeir sustains the arts while defining her identity as a Canadian living in a cultural mosaic.
Deirdre Kessler on how being a poet laureate influences the ways she engages with her community.
Canada’s parliamentary poet laureate seeks to establish a stable identity for the position—one that proceeding poets can follow.
Calgary’s first-ever female poet laureate is dedicated to cultivating aspiring writers to create work that will resonate with future generations.
Being Halifax’s first Indigenous poet laureate, Rebecca Thomas advocates for the voice of her culture to be heard through poignant spoken word performances.