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Surrey's Poet Laureate

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The Poet Laureate call for submissions closed on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. The selection committee will now review the applications. In August, we will be in touch with the shortlisted candidates, inviting them for interviews during the first half of September 2019.

Call for Applications

The City of Surrey is seeking applications for the position of Poet Laureate. Submissions must be received in person, by mail, or by email no later than July 2, 2019.

The role of Surrey's Poet Laureate

Surrey’s Poet Laureate will act as an ambassador for the City of Surrey and its people, advocating for literacy, promoting literary arts, and helping to raise the status of poetry, language, and the arts in the everyday consciousness of Surrey residents.

During a two-year term, the Poet Laureate will engage with the people of Surrey through readings, civic events, and community projects.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the City of Surrey Poet Laureate position must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Reside in the Lower Mainland (preference given to Surrey residents or applicants who show a strong connection to Surrey through work and projects)
  • Be a print poet, spoken word poet, or multimedia poet who is actively involved in the literary community
  • Demonstrate a record of publication
  • Print poets must have produced at least one volume of traditionally published poetry
  • Spoken-word poets must demonstrate a history of poetic excellence through participation in recognized performances, competitions, or public events
  • Write poetry in English

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About the Poet Laureate Program

The Surrey Poet Laureate program was established in 2015 to advocate for literacy and the literary arts and to help raise the status of poetry, language, and the arts in the everyday consciousness of Surrey residents.

The Surrey Poet Laureate program was developed in partnership with the City of Surrey’s Cultural Development Advisory Committee and Surrey Libraries, as well as with the following partner groups: Surrey Arts Services, Surrey International Writers’ Conference, Arts Council of Surrey, Creative Writing at Simon Fraser University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Creative Writing, Semiahmoo Arts, and Surrey Muse.

For more Information, contact poetry@surrey.ca or 604-598-7370.