Poet Laureate

The City of Fredericton Poet Laureate is appointed by Council and acts as an ambassador of the literary arts, the positive impact of literature, poetry and the spoken word.  During their two-year term, the Poet Laureate creates original poems and writings for presentation at civic events, and engages with the public through a range of activities, programs and other special events. Click here to view the current Terms of Reference. 

Poet Laureate 2021 - 2023

Jordan Trethewey

Click below for poems by Jordan Trethewey for the City of Fredericton

The Wolastoq River’s Counsel

A Christmas Tree is Memory

Speed Bumps in a Caring City

Winter Anthropology

No One Chooses This

Post-Pandemic Echo

The Promise of Home

Winter Lake Skate, acrylic on canvas, 2020, Lindsey MacKay Art, Fredericton, NB



Jordan Trethewey is a published poet who writes and edits professionally. He began exploring his voice in creative writing classes at both St Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick and by participating as a playwright, director and actor with Theatre St. Thomas and the NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival. 

Trethewey moved to Fredericton in 2000 to attend university and has since built his life here. He holds an undergraduate degree from St. Thomas University and a Diploma in Journalism from Holland College in Prince Edward Island and currently works as a creative communications professional. Trethewey is the father of two, an enthusiastic school committee member, and coach of minor floor ball and basketball teams.

Jordan is the author of four books of poetry, including “Spirits for Sale”, and the forthcoming collection, “Unexpected Mergers”. He has dozens of other publishing credits to his name, both online and in print, and has also published a collection of short fiction available on www.amazon.ca and his personal website, www.jordantretheweywriter.wordpress.com.

For many years, Trethewey curated a writer’s workshop called The Vagabond Trust as a way to maintain creative connectivity to the Fredericton writing community. He is now an editor at two international Arts publications: Open Art Forum, and Red Fez. Trethewey is actively involved in the arts community, has hosted local readings, and is a member of Urban Sketchers Fredericton, a local group of sketch enthusiasts. 



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.

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