Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate

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

Click the links below to learn more about the current Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate:

John Barton - Victoria's Poet Laureate (2019 - 2022)

James Summer - Victoria's Youth Poet Laureate (2021) 


The City of Victoria Poet Laureate invites emerging poets living in the Capital Regional District to enter the Emily Carr 150 Poetry Contest. 

Join us as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Emily Carr's birth. The iconic Canadian painter and author was born in Victoria on December 13, 1871.

Submit an original poem for a chance to win some great prizes. Entry deadline is November 6, 2021. For information on how to enter, prize list, guidelines and more, visit victoria.ca/poetrycontest.