September 12, 2018

Calling all young poets! Apply to be Nanaimo's next Youth Poet Laureate!

In 2017, the City selected Kailey DeFehr as Nanaimo's first Youth Poet Laureate for a two-year term. We are now seeking applications for the next Youth Poet Laureate (ages 13-21 years) (term to begin in January 2019).


"Drawing on the amazing success of the City's Poet Laureate Program, we have been extremely pleased with Kailey DeFehr's time as Nanaimo's Youth Poet Laureate. There are so many skilled poets in Nanaimo, and finding young poets who are dedicated to encouraging and inspiring those in our community is very important", said Chris Barfoot, Culture & Heritage Coordinator.


The purpose of a Youth Poet Laureate is to serve as a “young people’s poet” and to raise awareness of poetry, the literary arts and the positive impact literature and poetry can have on community life.


"I'm excited that Nanaimo is continuing with the Youth Poet Laureate Program. We are one of a few cities within Canada to have a youth poet laureate" said Councillor Jerry Hong, member of the Nanaimo Youth Advisory Council. "This program has the ability to empower youth to express their artistic talents through poetry".


All applications for the Youth Poet Laureate position must be received by Monday, October 15, 2018 (4:00 pm). For more information visit the City of Nanaimo's website




Poetry in Transit Program

Submit your poems to the 2018 Poetry in Transit Program. Let’s celebrate poetry and get creative about Nanaimo!


The City of Nanaimo's Poet Laureate invites you to send your short poems, prose poems or excerpts from longer poems to the "Poetry in Transit" Program. The theme is "Caring for Others".

Through this call for poetry, poets will contribute works that are in some way related to a particular point, a site in Nanaimo or the experiences shared while caring for others.

"Let's celebrate poetry and hear your voices. Share your poetry stories about Nanaimo with many passengers who ride the bus every day", said Tina Biello, Nanaimo Poet Laureate.


Poets who live within the Regional District of Nanaimo and City of Nanaimo can submit their poems to Each poet can submit up to three (3) poems for review. Poems should only be 3-5 lines (50 words or less) not counting the title, and should relate to the theme "Caring for Others". Poems will be selected on the basis of their relation to the theme, artistic merit and appropriateness for display, either on the bus or online.


Inspired by Nanaimo's Poet Laureate, this partnership between the City of Nanaimo, Regional District of Nanaimo and the Vancouver Island Regional Library is a way for the many riders of Nanaimo's public transit to rethink and re-know their city. Selected poems will be chosen to appear on the bus and program promotional material.


For more information visit the City of Nanaimo's Website

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