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Poet Laureate Program

Marty Gervais and guest poets read at Poetry at the Manor in 2018
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 

  • Marty Gervais, 2011-Present; as of 2019, Marty Gervais will become Windsor's Poet Laureate Emeritus.

2019 Poet Laureate Selection

Deadline: Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

The City of Windsor's Poet Laureate program is a vital piece of the local creative community. Since 2011, the program has helped develop and cultivate an engaged, all-ages local audience that appreciates and responds to the literary arts. Windsor is a community that prides itself on capturing, preserving and sharing its stories. This goal has been accomplished, time and again, through the poet laureate program. The program has also set an example for other Canadian communities for what is possible through a responsive and interactive poet laureate program that truly engages a community.

In 2019, the City of Windsor's current Poet Laureate, Marty Gervais will reach the end of his term as poet laureate. In recognition of his tenure in the role and to honour his contributions to the development of the program, City Council has appointed Mr. Gervais the Poet Laureate Emeritus for the City of Windsor. In this new leadership and mentorship role in the poet laureate program, Mr. Gervais will continue to be recognized as an ambassador for the literary arts in Windsor.

The City is moving forward with the selection process to choose a new poet laureate, as well as Windsor's first Youth Poet Laureate. The program guidelines and submission form are available above and in the Related Links section of this web page. The information includes eligibility requirements, term limits, available honorariums and additional program details.   

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:

  • Stay tuned for information on upcoming Poet Laureate events.

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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