Meet Victoria's New Youth Poet Laureate

Congratulations to Neko Smart, Victoria’s eighth Youth Poet Laureate! Neko is a graduate of Victoria High School, and the founder and co-coach of the Victoria High Slam Poetry Team.
 
Neko’s passion for performance was developed through her local theatre community. She realized the importance of self expression through the arts and the significance of embracing her quirky character. As Youth Poet Laureate, her goal is to emphasize the importance of cultivating open dialogues about mental health in order to reduce stigma and increase safety, particularly in youth.
 

About the Role

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.
 
We look forward to all you have to share with the community, Neko!
 
For more information visit: victoria.ca/poetlaureate