Nominations open May 3 for Peterborough’s first Poet Laureate

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Peterborough, ON - Nominations to become the City of Peterborough’s first official Poet Laureate will open on Monday, May 3, 2021.

The Poet Laureate is an honorary position that recognizes the excellence and outstanding achievement of professional poets, both print and spoken word, in the City of Peterborough, while at the same time enhancing civic identity by bringing deeper meaning and reflection to official civic occasions.

Electric City Culture Council (EC3) is administering the Poet Laureate Pilot Program for 2021-2022 on behalf of the City of Peterborough.

“Through poetry, a Poet Laureate inspires us and encourages us to reflect on our lives and the life of our community,” Mayor Diane Therrien says.

“Thank you to Electric City Culture Council for working with the City to create this exciting new pilot program. The arts community is a key part of the cultural, social and economic vibrancy of Peterborough. Our first Poet Laureate is arriving at a milestone in the history of our community as we look forward to emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic when we will build back better together.”

The nomination package and information on how to submit a nomination are available on the Electric City Culture Council website at www.ecthree.org.

The nomination period closes on May 25, 2021 with the announcement of the selection of the Poet Laureate on June 23, 2021. The Poet Laureate will serve for a one-year term from June 30, 2021 to April 30, 2022.

An honorarium of $2,000 will be paid to the Poet Laureate in recognition of their service and contributions.

The Poet Laureate acts as an advocate for poetry and spoken word art, as an ambassador for the arts in general, and for the literary arts and literacy in particular, and for the City of Peterborough and its residents, Electric City Culture Council Executive Director Su Ditta said.

“The Poet Laureate Pilot Program supports outstanding professional literary artists in the creation and presentation of new work that speaks to our lives in this place called Peterborough/Nogojiwanong,” Ditta said.

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For additional information, members o the Media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1636