March 20, 2015
Surrey Muse is delighted to announce that the City of Surrey is looking for its first Poet Laureate!
It’s a two or a three-year term. Eligible are the poets who use ‘spoken word poetry, written poetry, or multimedia demonstrations of poetry’ and who ‘reside in Surrey or the Lower Mainland (with preference given to Surrey residents) or to poets who are strongly connected to Surrey through their work, who have an established body of work, and who have been acknowledged for prominent contributions in their career.’
The Poet Laureate ‘will be chosen to act as an ambassador’ for the City of Surrey and the People of Surrey, ‘advocating for literacy and the literary arts and helping to raise the status of poetry, language, and the arts’ in the everyday lives of Surrey residents. And so, we encourage poets from diverse backgrounds to apply. Applications are sought by the City of Surrey in partnership with Surrey Libraries, Cultural Development Advisory Committee, Surrey Arts Services, Surrey International Writers’ Conference, Arts Council of Surrey, Creative Writing at Simon Fraser University, Semiahmoo Arts, and Surrey Muse.
Surrey Muse is grateful to Author Heidi Greco for putting this project in motion, to Surrey Libraries (SL) for taking it on, and to the City of Surrey for funding it. Appreciation to Alison Rajah, Barbara Cooper, Barbara Gould, Carol Girardi, kc dyer, Ursula Maxwell Lewis and Wayde Compton for their guiding roles, and special thanks to Meghan Savage and others at the SL for making it happen.