City of Fredericton Poet Laureate 2019 – 2020 – Call for Submissions

The City of Fredericton is accepting applications for the position of Poet Laureate for a two-year term (2019 & 2020). The Laureate will focus on the potential of the written and the spoken word, specifically through the creation of original poems/writings and their public delivery (the latter being through, but not limited to, readings, performances, public talks, workshops, as well as the conceiving of permanent versions of the works such as public plaques, paper and book forms).

The successful applicant, a resident of the city, will have achieved excellence among their peers and have a body of work including poetry and other writing that demonstrates a connection to the city and to the citizens of Fredericton. This position will begin in January 2019. Applications are due by November 30, 2018.

The City of Fredericton Poet Laureate will work to raise the profile of the city and to be an advocate for the arts in Fredericton, to celebrate the richness and diversity of the culture of the city, and to represent the artistic voice of Fredericton. As a representative of the city, the Poet Laureate will highlight and celebrate the city’s history and relevant features of its present-day social, cultural, and economic makeup. As an ambassador for the arts, the Laureate will support and raise the profile of Fredericton’s vibrant artistic community and heritage.  The Laureate will reach out to a broad audience through public appearances and outreach activities. Through their artistic work, the Laureate will broadly reflect the interests and aspirations of the citizens of Fredericton.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Poet Laureate engages with the community through activities, programs, and events, both traditional and innovative, to demonstrate the power of the arts to inspire, influence, and inform. The Laureate will be expected to:

  • compose and present 4 – 6 poems/writings for selected official City of Fredericton events to be determined annually, in coordination with Cultural Development staff
  • read works of poems/writings
  • of their own or by others at the opening of Fredericton City Council meetings (Monday evenings, every two weeks)
  • create and present at least 1 - 2 outreach or educational projects annually
  • collaborate with another artist on a project (funds available)
  • propose a legacy project (funds available)
  • communicate with Cultural Development staff on a regular basis and submit written activity reports twice per year and after the term concludes.

Term and Support

The Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term beginning in January 2019 and ending in December 2020. The successful applicant will receive an honorarium of $3,000 per year for a two-year term ($6,000 total). Funds to support additional activities, outreach, collaborations, or legacy projects of the program will be available at the discretion of Cultural Development staff, subject to budget availability.  All works produced during the tenure of the Laureate remain the property of the individual, who shall retain all rights thereto.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be a current resident of Fredericton
  • have a body of work and have contributed to the literary arts in Fredericton
  • be published in a trade book, chapbook, on-line or print publication in recognized literary journals, anthologies, or periodicals
  • be prepared to accept the roles and responsibilities of the position as outlined and be comfortable with community engagement and outreach.

Selection Process

Submissions will be reviewed by the selection committee including a member of the community who has achieved excellence in the field of poetry and the literary arts. Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview.

Selection will be based on the quality of the applicant’s body of work; their contribution to the literary arts in Fredericton; and their demonstrated ability to relate to a broad audience. Bilingualism will be considered an asset.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • letter of introduction
  • resume / Curriculum Vitae
  • two (2) examples of published work from the last five (5) years
  • biographical note of not more than 250 words to be used for public circulation if the applicant is selected
  • outline of activities you would propose to undertake as Poet Laureate through outreach, collaborations and a legacy project

Applications must be received by 4:30pm on or before November 30, 2018 by email, hand-delivery or by mail (allow time for delivery) to:

City of Fredericton Poet Laureate Program
Attn: Angela Watson
Recreation, Culture & Community Development
397 Queen Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 1B5