City searching for next poet laureate

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Dec 23, 2013 - 1:01 PM |
The Greater Sudbury Public Library has begun to search for the community’s next poet laureate.

Residents are invited to apply for the position, which will be a two-year term from 2014 to the end of 2015. The poet laureate for this term can be English or French.

The outgoing poet laureate, Daniel Aubin, carried out his duties in French in 2012-2013, while the first poet laureate, Roger Nash, carried out his duties in English in 2010-2011.

The current term will invite candidates of either language, with a suggestion to carry out duties bilingually if possible.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for someone in our great city to carry on this wonderful tradition,” said Mayor Marianne Matichuk, in a press release.

“Our successful poet laureate program demonstrates that Greater Sudbury supports a healthy arts and culture community.”

Greater Sudbury’s poet laureate will serve as an active advocate for poetry, literacy, and literature by initiating and participating in readings and other events throughout the community.

The poet laureate’s mandate also includes the creation of a legacy project that will be unique to the individual.

Applicants for the position must be a published poet, recognized for their achievements, and active in the cultural and literary community.

Additional requirements include demonstrated leadership skills, public speaking ability and flexibility to carry out all duties required of the position. The honorarium for the Greater Sudbury poet laureate is $1,000 per term.

Closing date for applications is Jan. 31.

A complete description of the position and the details for application are available online www.sudburylibraries.ca/en/aboutus/poetlaureate.asp or at any branch of the Greater Sudbury Public Library. For more information, phone 311.

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