2019 Youth Poet Laureate

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

Congratulations to Aziza Moqia Sealey-Qaylow, Victoria's new Youth Poet Laureate!

Aziza was appointed as Victoria's 2019 Youth Poet Laureate by City Council on January 10, 2019. She is Victoria's seventh Youth Poet Laureate.

Aziza is a slam poet and an honours graduate from Reynolds Secondary School.  As the daughter of a Somali refugee and a seventh-generation Canadian, Sealey-Qaylow is deeply connected to her culture and writes about the adventures of being in a mixed family, as well as to help negotiate the joy and clashes found in the daily mix of cultures, ethnicities, religions, languages and nationalities.

An active volunteer within various parts of the community, Aziza has travelled to many European and African countries, and likes to view the world with an open mind. 

"I'm really happy to have this opportunity. I love to learn from everyone I meet and collaborate with open minds."

We look forward to all that this talented poet has to share with the community.

Role of Youth Poet Laureate

Over the one-year term, the Youth Poet Laureate will create three new works of poetry, present at bi-monthly City Council meetings, serve as a judge on the panel for the Greater Victoria Public Library Teen Writing Contest, host an event or project that will engage youth, and collaborate with the Greater Victoria Public Library on a poetry workshop for teens. 

The Youth Poet Laureate is an honorary one-year term position from January 1 to December 31, 2019. The position receives a $1,750 honorarium and $1,000 of project funding in addition to the one-year mentorship with the Poet Laureate and administrative support from the City of Victoria. 

For More Information

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