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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

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:

  • Poet Laureate Celebration presented by Gertrude's Writing Room. Monday, April 15, 2019. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Vanessa Shields hosts an evening Q&A and poetry readings at Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street East. The event is free, family-friendly, and will feature the City of Windsor's Poets Laureate in conversation, including: Mary Ann Mulhern, Poet Laureate; Samantha Badaoa, Youth Poet Laureate; and Marty Gervais, Poet Laureate Emeritus.

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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