Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate

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

Call for Nominations

The Call for Nominations for the City's next Poel Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate is now closed. The new Poet Laureate will serve a four-year term (January 2019 to December 2022) and the Youth Poet Laureate will serve a one-year term (January to December 2019). The selected poets will be announced in January 2019.

  • For Poet Laureate nominations information click here.
  • For Youth Poet Laureate nominations information click here.

Yvonne Blomer - Victoria's Poet Laureate (2015 - 2018)

Yvonne Blomer is an established poet, having published three collections of poetry and co-edited Poems from Planet Earth, an anthology from the Planet Earth Poetry reading series. Her work has twice been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and she has appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry in English as well as in anthologies and literary journals in Canada, the UK and Japan. Yvonne’s recent collection of poems is As if a Raven. Learn more.

Agartu Ali - Victoria's 2018 Youth Poet Laureate

Agartu Ali is Victoria's 2018 Youth Poet Laureate. Her appointment was officially announced at the January 25, 2018 Council meeting, where she read her poem "Statistics". Agartu Ali is Victoria's 6th Youth Poet Laureate. Learn more.

 National Poetry Month

Thank you to everyone who participated in the our #YYJPoetry Book Spine Poems campaign during National Poetry Month in April.

Check out the book spine poems that were shared with us on Twitter [PDF - 3.8 MB].

National Poetry Month events included Poets Laureate Night on April 6, the Visions: Poetic Inspirations Panel at the Starfields Festival on April 14, and Poems for the Planet which celebrated Earth Day on April 22.