Jordan Trethewey is Fredericton's Next Poet Laureate

Jordan Trethewey is the City of Fredericton’s next poet laureate. He will serve for a two-year term starting September 2021.

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. 

Jordan 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.

Trethewey 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. 

He has proposed initiatives to promote active literary engagement in schools as a means to give children and youth the confidence that their words matter, including a workshop and an archival website to publish the students’ work. Details on these and other potential projects will be released at a later date.

About the Poet Laureate

The City of Fredericton’s Poet Laureate is a two-year term position. Over the course of their tenure, the Poet Laureate will propose and deliver a legacy project which may include a publication, community art project, installation, or another initiative. In addition, they will be required to compose 6 original works of poetry annually for selected official City events and Council meetings.  These could include the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony (December), National Poetry Month celebrations (April), and other occasions as they arise. 

The Poet Laureate position was established in 2016 and was an action item of the City’s Culture Plan, adopted in 2014.