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The Youth Poet Laureate reflects the life of a city through poetry readings, and act as a youth ambassador for the literary arts.

Applications are open for the Youth Poet Laureate.

The City is excited to announce the 4th year of applications for the Youth Poet Laureate.

Edmonton has a proud tradition of poets laureate within Canada and continues to be a leader in ensuring that the work of youth poets is celebrated through this position. 


The role of Edmonton’s Youth Poet Laureate is to reflect the life of a city for youth through readings of poetry. As an ambassador for the literary arts, the Youth Poet Laureate incorporates poetry into a range of official and informal City activities. Recognizing that Edmonton has a vibrant arts community in which youth has a strong voice, the selected Youth Poet Laureate will bring that unique voice to the larger city.


The Youth Poet Laureate must:

  • Maintain resident status of the City of Edmonton for the duration of the term, provided by proof of mailing address.
    • The term is from November 1, 2019 until August 31, 2020
  • Be within the ages of 13-23 within the entirety of their term

Youth may only hold this position for 1 term and for 1 time.


  • Perform for City Council (must be original work) at least twice in the term
  • Perform at youth and city-wide events as requested and determined mutually
  • Perform at a minimum of 2 official City of Edmonton functions
  • Assume the role of the youth literary ambassador for the City of Edmonton
  • Create a community poetry project during their term to engage Edmonton youth in poetry

Youth Poet Laureate

Applications are open until September 29, 2019.


  • Applications will close on September 29 at 11:59pm
  • Interviews will be held on October 12
  • The position announcement will occur the week of October 14
  • The term of service will begin November 1


For More Information

Title Child Friendly Edmonton Coordinator



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