Join us as we announce Calgary’s new Poet Laureate

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Join us as we announce Calgary’s new Poet Laureate

April 20, 2018

(Calgary AB) – On Monday, April 23 at 9:30am, in conjunction with National Poetry Month and the Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge, Calgary’s new Poet Laureate will be announced. The new Poet Laureate will hold the position for a two-year term from April 23, 2018 to March 31, 2020.

On July 26, 2011, City Council approved a motion to establish a Calgary Poet Laureate position, funded by a group of Calgary Poet Laureate Ambassadors. Current Ambassadors include Calgary Foundation, Calgary Chamber of Commerce, and Brookfield Residential.

Calgary Arts Development administers the program in conjunction with a volunteer selection committee, which appoints each Calgary Poet Laureate for a two-year term. The Calgary Poet Laureate is intended to be an artistic ambassador for Calgary, presenting at civic events, and producing literary work that reflects our city and its citizens. Kris Demeanor served as the first Calgary Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014 followed by derek beaulieu from 2014 to 2016 and Micheline Maylor from 2016 to 2018.

Who: Calgary Poet Laureate
What: Announcement of Calgary’s new Poet Laureate
Where: Council Chambers, City Hall (800 Macleod Trail SE)
When: Monday, April 23, 2018 at 9:30am

About Calgary Arts Development
As the city’s designated arts development authority, Calgary Arts Development supports and strengthens the arts to benefit all Calgarians. We invest and allocate municipal funding for the arts provided by The City of Calgary and leverage these funds to provide additional resources to the arts sector. Our programs support hundreds of arts organizations, individual artists, artist collectives and ad hoc groups in Calgary.

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Further Information
Helen Moore-Parkhouse
Director, Communications and Engagement, Calgary Arts Development
Phone: (office) 403.264.5330 ext. 102; (mobile) 587.227.0150

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