Nanaimo seeking nominations for its first poet laureate

NANAIMO - The city of Nanaimo is creating a poet laureate to help make a postive impact on the literary culture of the community.

Poetry is getting a special place in the city with Nanaimo creating a poet laureate position.

The laureate is intended to serve as the people’s poet to help make a positive impact on the literary culture on Nanaimo and share the importance poetry has on community life. The individual will serve as a literary ambassador for the city.

Community members are invited to nominate a poet. The poet must have published at least one book of poetry and other literary work, have received peer or public recognition and must live in the Regional District of Nanaimo.

The poet laureate will serve a three-year term beginning this September and will receive $1,000 annually. A committee will choose the poet.

The nomination deadline is June 30 and the selection will be made in July.

Forms are available at www.nanaimo.ca. For more information please call 250-760-1139 or e-mail bob.kuhn@nanaimo.ca.