Calgary Poet Laureate

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to open nominations for the next Calgary Poet Laureate. The term runs April 2020 to April 2022 and the deadline for nominations is Friday, March 20, 2020 at 4:30pm MST.

Nominate an Outstanding Calgary Poet

Sheri-D Wilson, D.Litt

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Sheri-D Wilson | Photo: Kimberley French

Calgary Poet Laureate, 2018 2020

Sheri-D Wilson is the award-winning author of 11 books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums which combine music and poetry. She is known for her electric performance-style, making her a favorite with local and international audiences. She has read, performed and taught at festivals across Canada, USA, UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Mexico, and South Africa.

In 2017, she received her Doctor of Letters, honoris causa from Kwantlen University, after launching her new collection of poetry entitled, The Book of Sensations (U of C Press), and a full-length CD with poetry and music called Dragon Rouge.

Her 10th collection of poetry, Open Letter: Woman against Violence against Women, was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award & CanLit. Her collection, Re:Zoom (2005), won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. She was editor of the celebrated, The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach.

Her work has received national and international acclaim with such honours as a 2013 feature interview with Canadian icon Shelagh Rogers, a 2012 article in Chatelaine Magazine, a 2012 TED Talk, and the subject of a half-hour documentary called Heart of a Poet. In 2009 she was named one of the top ten poets in Canada by CBC.

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Twitter: @SheriDWilson
Instagram: @sheridwilson

Poster for Poetrology 2018

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Works by Sheri-D Wilson

About the Calgary Poet Laureate

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, 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.

For more information, contact Kaley Beisiegel at or 403.264.5330 ext. 214.

Poet Laureate Program Guidelines

Calgary Poet Laureate Ambassadors

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