Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate

Selected by nomination, Victoria's Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate serve as literary and cultural ambassadors.

The City of Victoria and the Greater Victoria Public Library are pleased to announce Marie Metaphor Specht as Victoria’s new Poet Laureate and Eva Haas as Victoria’s Youth Poet Laureate.  

Selected by a nomination and peer evaluation process, they will serve two-year terms in honorary positions that celebrate the contributions of literature and poetry in the capital city.  

The Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate will produce new work and organize a community poetry event each year. Along with sharing their own literary talents with the community, they will also find ways to collaborate with and celebrate other local poets.  

The “people’s poet” is a position that was established by City Council in 2006 to honour, celebrate and reflect the life of the city through poetry. The Poet Laureates act as local champions for poetry, language and the arts through public readings and civic engagements.   

Learn more about Poet Laureate Marie Metaphor Specht and Youth Poet Laureate Eva Haas. 

For More Information:  
Nicole Stanbridge  
Arts, Culture and Events Liaison