Poet Laureate


The City of Fredericton is accepting applications for the position of Poet Laureate for a two-year term. The Laureate will focus on the written and spoken word, specifically through the creation of original poems/writings and their public delivery.

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. They will also demonstrate the positive impact of literature, poetry, and the spoken word by engaging with the public during activities, programs, and special events.

Applications for consideration must be received by Monday, May 17 at 8:30am

Roles and Responsibilities

The Poet Laureate engages with the community through activities, programs, and events, both traditional and innovative, to demonstrate the positive impact of literature, poetry, and spoken word. The Laureate will be expected to:

  • Compose and present no less than 6 poems annually for selected official City of Fredericton events and Council meetings to be determined in coordination with Cultural Development staff.  These may include: National Poetry Month (April), The Tree Lighting Ceremony (December), City Council Swearing-In Ceremony (June every fourth year), and other occasions as they arise. 
  • Read at additional City Council meetings on the invitation Council.  The Poet Laureate would receive additional compensation from Council for those readings.
  • Participate in readings at a variety of other civic or community events at the Laureate’s discretion.
  • Consult with the Cultural Development Officer on a regular basis regarding activities.
  • Submit written activity reports to the Cultural Development Officer twice per year and at the conclusion of the term. The honorarium is processed following receipt of written activity reports.
  • Regularly engage the community in the literary arts through activities such as but not limited to:
- Outreach or educational activities
- Collaboration with local artists
- Maintaining an active social media profile
  • Propose and deliver a legacy project during the two-year term which may include a publication, community art project, installation, or another initiative. Project collaboration and assistance may be provided and are subject to the approval of City staff and budget availability.

Term and Support

The Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term. The successful applicant will receive an honorarium of $5,000 per year ($10,000 total). Funds to support additional activities 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.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current resident of Fredericton and remain so during the term of the position.
  • Be connected with the literary arts in Fredericton.
  • Be professionally published in a trade book, chapbook, or in recognized literary journals, anthologies, or periodicals (on-line or print).
  • Be prepared to accept the roles and responsibilities of the position as outlined
  • Be comfortable with community engagement and outreach.

Selection Process

Submissions will be reviewed by a 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 with the committee.

Selection will be based on the quality of the applicant’s body of work; their contribution to the literary arts; and their demonstrated experience and ability as it relates to the position. Bilingualism will be considered an asset.

Applicants to the position are asked to submit the following:

  • Letter of Interest (up to 500 words) outlining relevant qualifications and experiences, proposed outreach and collaborative activities, and a legacy project.
  • Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  • Three - five examples of published or recorded work from the last 10 years. Submissions of audio video material may be included through a link or USB drive. 
  • Biographical note of not more than 250 words to be used on the city’s website and for public circulation if the applicant is selected.
  • Applications may be submitted by email:  culture@fredericton.ca or dropped off at 371 Queen Street, Suite 1 (entrance at back of building). More information?  506-471-3378

 

 

Poet Laureate 2019 - 2021

 

Local poet, Jenna Lyn Albert has been appointed as the City of Fredericton's next poet laureate. She will serve for a two-year term starting January 28, 2019.

Jenna Lyn Albert is an active member on the city’s creative scene. She is a member of the Fiddlehead Magazine’s editorial board, a first reader of poetry submissions for Goose Lane Editions, and has a variety of work and volunteer experience in the literary community including, The UNB Reading Series, the New Brunswick Book Awards, and QWERTY Magazine.

Miss Albert is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick. She holds a Master’s Degree in English (Creative Writing) and an undergraduate degree in English. Her debut collection of poetry, ‘Bec & Call’, was published by Nightwood Editions in September 2018.

Albert has proposed numerous initiatives for public engagement over her two-year tenure, including a bi-weekly poetry podcast featuring local poets, booksellers and artists, a downtown poetry tour, poems of the week, and free poetry workshops.

Click below for poems by Jenna Lyn Albert for the City of Fredericton.

Cultural Laureate 2016-2018

Ian LeTourneau

 

Click below for poems by Ian LeTourneau for the City of Fredericton.

In order to celebrate the richness and diversity of the culture of Fredericton, to represent the artistic voice of the city, and to promote and nurture the arts for all citizens, the City of Fredericton created the role of Cultural Laureate.

The city’s first-ever Cultural Laureate, local poet, editor, and instructor, Ian LeTourneau, was appointed to the position in February 2016, and will serve for two years.

As a representative of the city, Mr. LeTourneau works to highlight and celebrate the city’s history and relevant features of its present-day social, cultural, and economic makeup. As an advocate for the arts, he supports and raises the profile of Fredericton’s vibrant artistic community and heritage. Through public appearances and outreach activities in partnership with the Fredericton Public Library, he reaches out to a broad public.

LeTourneau is the author of Defining Range (Gaspereau Press, 2006) and Terminal Moraine (Thistledown Press, 2008) and has published poems and reviews in numerous magazines across the country.  He has served on the Writer’s Federation of New Brunswick’s board of directors and the Writer’s Union of Canada’s membership committee.  He is the poetry editor of The Fiddlehead, has taught numerous writing workshops with the Maritime Writer’s Workshop, and read his work at sponsored readings from Whitehorse to Cape Breton. He lives in Barkers Point with his wife and son, and he works at UNB.

Follow him:

@ianletourneau

www.ianletourneau.ca