Peterborough, ON – The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) and The City of Peterborough are proud to announce the launch of the Poet Laureate Pilot Program for 2021-2022.
The Peterborough Poet Laureate is an honourary position established to recognize the excellence and outstanding achievements of professional poets (both print/page and spoken word) living and working in our city and to enhance our civic identity.
The Peterborough Poet Laureate acts as an advocate for poetry and spoken word art, for the arts in general, and for the City of Peterborough and its residents. They will compose works to be presented at Peterborough City Council meetings and other City of Peterborough events and occasions. The Poet Laureate will receive an honourarium of $2,000.00.
The full Poet Laureate Pilot Program Guidelines and Nomination Form can be found at at https://www.ecthree.org/program/peterborough-poet-laureate-pilot-program/. Nominations are being accepted until May 25, 2021 at 11:59pm, and will be assessed by a panel including peers in the poetry and spoken word community, local citizens, and a City representative.
A formal announcement of the Poet Laureate will be made on June 23, 2021, and their term will run from June 30, 2021 to April 30, 2022.
The City of Peterborough is responsible for the Poet Laureate Pilot Program, which is administered by the Electric City Culture Council (EC3) under the guidance of the City of Peterborough’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Advisory Committee (ACHAC).
“Through poetry, a Poet Laureate inspires us and encourages us to reflect on our lives and the life of our community. Thank you to Electric City Culture Council for working with the City to create this exciting new pilot program. The arts community is a key part of the cultural, social and economic vibrancy of Peterborough. Our first Poet Laureate is arriving at a milestone in the history of our community as we look forward to emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic when we will build back better together.” —City of Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien