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Poet Laureate

Poet Laureate Mary Pinkoski

Mary Pinkoski has been named as the City of Edmonton’s Poet Laureate.

Mary Pinkoski is a dynamic spoken word performer who has traveled throughout North America to represent Edmonton’s poetry scene. She has been active in Edmonton’s poetry community for nine years as a poet and a storyteller and is the founder of YOURS: Edmonton Youth Open Mic Series.

Pinkoski has won numerous national competitions and accolades as a poet.

"We are thrilled to welcome Mary as Edmonton's fifth Poet Laureate. As an accomplished slam poet, performer, collaborator, teacher and mentor, Mary has many skills to bring to this role, and an obvious passion for the past and present of our city,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “I look forward to seeing Mary in the community as our literary arts ambassador and to hearing Edmonton's story told through her unique and dynamic style of poetry."

Mary Pinkoski will serve a two-year term as Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015. She is Edmonton’s fifth Poet Laureate.

Edmonton’s Poet Laureate Program is supported jointly by the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Public Library (EPL) and the Edmonton Arts Council (EAC).

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Carol Hurst

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