Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate

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

Meet Victoria's new Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate!


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

John Barton is an established poet and editor. He has written and published 26 books, chapbooks and anologies. He is a three-time recipient of the Archibald Lampman Award, and has won an Ottawa Book Award, a CBC Literary Award, and a National Magazine Award. John is currently working on his first book of prose, We Are Not Avatars: Essays, Memoirs, Manifestos while working as a freelance editor, writer and mentor. John was formally appointed to the position of the City's Poet Laureate on January 10, 2019 by Council, and will serve a four-year term. He is the City's fifth Poet Laureate.  Learn more.  (Photo credit John Preston)


Aziza Moqia Sealey-Qaylow - Victoria's 2019 Youth Poet Laureate

Aziza Moqia Sealey-Qaylow is a slam and spoken word poet, and an honours graduate from Reynolds Secondary School. She was formally appointed to her one-year term as Youth Poet Laureate on January 10, 2019 by Council. Aziza  is Victoria's seventh Youth Poet Laureate. Learn more.

Call Nominations

The Call for Nominations for the City's new Poel Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate was held in the fall of 2018.

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