2014 Victoria Youth Poet Laureate Selected

Announcing Morgan Purvis, Camosun College student, as Victoria's new Youth Poet Laureate.

Purvis is an active volunteer with the Victoria Poetry Project and recently represented Victoria at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Montreal. She will serve as an ambassador for youth in Victoria, performing at City Council and City of Victoria Youth Council meetings, and completing a project of her choice to engage her peers through poetry. “I am so honoured and excited to work with the City of Victoria Youth Council and be a part of the city's rich youth arts culture,” said Purvis.

Jeremy Loveday, a prominent Victoria based performance poet will be Morgan Purvis' mentor for the one year term. Loveday first worked with Morgan through workshops and performances at Esquimalt High School when she was a student there. “It's been amazing to watch her grow over the last few years. I'm excited to help her bring her project ideas to fruition.”

2014 is the second year of the Youth Poet Laureate Program and it's the only program of its kind in Canada. Funding for the program comes from the private sector. This year, Reliance Properties, developers of the Janion Building micro lofts, have stepped forward to sponsor the Youth Poet Laureate Program.

“At Reliance Properties, we are strong believers in contributing to the vibrancy and excitement of the urban experience,” says Jon Stovell, Reliance President. “This includes supporting cultural heritage as much as restoring heritage buildings. By sponsoring Victoria's Youth Poet Laureate we can help to establish a new tradition that adds to the cultural fabric of Victoria's urban experience.”

Catch Purvis reading at her first official gig on January 16 at 7:30 p.m. for the City Council meeting at City Hall.