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Poet Laureate Program

Left to Right: Samantha Badaoa (Youth Poet Laureate), Marty Gervais (Poet Laureate Emeritus), Mary Ann Mulhern (Poet Laureate)
The City of Windsor's poet laureate program aims to promote poetry to a wide and appreciative audience, while strengthening the public's relationship to literature. The program helps celebrate poetry, writing and the contribution of poets to the cultural life of our community.

City of Windsor Poets Laureate 

City of Windsor Youth Poets Laureate

Invite Our Poets

To invite Windsor's Poet Laureate, Youth Poet Laureate or Poet Laureate Emeritus to attend and participate at your event, please email culturalaffairs@citywindsor.ca. Our poet laureate team may choose to prepare a new poem or read from existing works as part of your community event. All requests are submitted to the appropriate poet, and the poets themselves decide which events they are able to attend.  

Windsor's Poet Laureate

Windsor's poet laureate position will serve to honour a poet (aged 25 years and older) who writes excellent poetry and focuses on themes that are relevant to the people who live in the City of Windsor. This poet will serve as an ambassador for the arts, culture and heritage sectors in the City of Windsor and help to celebrate poetry and the arts – particularly the literary arts. As an ambassador for poetry and literature, the poet laureate will be invited to attend municipal events to share works and raise the profile of the literary arts in Windsor.

Duties, roles and responsibilities of the poet laureate: 

  • To serve as an ambassador for poetry, literature, literacy, and the literary arts;
  • Create artistic work that reflects Windsor’s people, places, sites, identity, and/or the life of the city;
  • Produce at least three original works for specific events or occasions identified by the City each year;
  • Make public presentations of their work at least three times a year;
  • Work with City Administration to produce at least one poetry event a year; and
  • Participate in the literary life of the city to raise the visibility of literacy, poetry, and spoken word.

Windsor's Youth Poet Laureate

Windsor's youth poet laureate position will serve to honour a poet (aged 14 to 24 years) who writes excellent poetry and focuses on themes that are relevant to youth who live in the City of Windsor. This poet will provide a strong youth voice and will reach out to other youth to inspire interest in poetry and the arts – particularly the literary arts. As an ambassador for youth, poetry, language and the arts, the youth poet laureate will be invited to attend municipal events to share works and increase engagement of youth with the arts.

Duties, roles and responsibilities of the youth poet laureate:

  • To serve as an ambassador for youth, poetry, literature, literacy, and the literary arts;
  • Create artistic work that reflects Windsor’s young people, places, sites, identity, and/or the life of the city’s youth;
  • Produce at least two original works for specific events or occasions identified by the City each year;
  • Make public presentations of their work at least two times a year;
  • Work with City Administration to produce at least one community youth poetry event a year; and
  • Participate in the literary life of the City to raise the visibility of youth, literacy, poetry, and spoken word.

Upcoming Poet Laureate Events:

Poetry at the Manor - Vol. 7

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.)
Location: Willistead Manor, 1899 Niagara Street, Windsor, Ontario.
Admission: Free; seating is limited and first-come, first-seated.
Description: Hosted by Windsor's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Mulhern, in collaboration with Poet Laureate Emeritus Marty Gervais. This Windsor-favourite poetry event features the City of Windsor's poet laureate hosting an intimate evening of poetry and discussion with guest poets laureate from across Canada. This year's event features:

  • Al Moritz (Poet Laureate, Toronto);
  • Steven Smith (Poet Laureate, Banff);
  • Victoria Butler (Poet Laureate, Barrie); and
  • Micheline Maylor (Poet Laureate, Calgary)

Windsor's Youth Poet Laureate, Samantha Badaoa will also share work this evening. The event is brought to you in partnership by the City of Windsor, Willistead Manor, Black Moss Press, the University of Windsor, the League of Canadian Poets and the Best Western Plus Windsor.

Past Poet Laureate Event:

On Tuesday, October 2, 2018 the City of Windsor and Windsor’s Poet Laureate Marty Gervais presented Poetry at the Manor Vol. 6. - the free, sixth annual event of its kind at historic Willistead Manor.

 

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