From over 100 submissions, the judges for the “Ode to Your Postal Code” poetry challenge, in celebration of the Fredericton 175+ anniversary, have chosen three winners and ten runners up. Participants wrote a poem about their city using their postal code as a guide.
The winner in the Kid’s category was Lucy Godfrey, age 8, who submitted a clever poem about birds. The Youth category winner was Selena Michaud, age 14, who submitted a poem in tribute to our beautiful city. The Adult category was won by Pam McCann, who wrote a beautiful tribute to the land we live on.
Runners up included Madelyne Atienza, Elizabeth Saunders, Heather Marmura, Emmanuel Grondin, Libby Cassidy, Douglas Vipond, Craig Woodcock, Marilyn Noble, Kimm Moore, and Albert Katz. The winners and runners up shared their works at the Garrison Night Market on August 10, 2023.
The poems are on display from now until the end of September at the Fredericton Public Library. They can also be viewed by visiting the Poet Laureate section of the City’s website and clicking on the “Ode to Your Postal Code” tab: https://www.fredericton.ca/en/recreation-culture/arts-culture/poet-laureate.
The “Ode to Your Postal Code” poetry challenge was the idea of Fredericton’s Poet Laureate, Jordan Trethewey. It was intended to create an interactive way for Frederictonians to share their love and appreciation for our beautiful city as part of our Fredericton 175+ anniversary celebrations.
By using their unique six-digit postal code, residents were able to get creative and submit their very own tribute to our city, with a chance to win $100 in Downtown Fredericton or Business Fredericton North dollars.