Youth Poet Laureate Eva Haas


Congratulations to Victoria's Youth Poet Laureate Eva Haas for making the 2023 CBC Poetry Prize longlist for her poem Tyndall Park [PDF/49KB]


Eva Haas is Victoria’s Youth Poet Laureate for 2023 to 2025. This honorary position celebrates the contributions of literature and poetry in the capital city.

Eva grew up in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador on traditional Beothuk and Mi'kmaq territories. Eva received the Arts and Letters Award from the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador three times and is now going into third year Writing and History at the University of Victoria, specializing in the genres of fiction and poetry. 

In 2021, Eva was the poetry winner of This Side of West's Prose & Poetry competition and in 2023 placed second in the On the Verge competition for prose.

I think poetry can mean something to anyone – whether you prefer it silly, sentimental, complex or lyrical,” said Haas. “As Youth Poet Laureate, I want to show people that poetry can be whatever you want it to be and that it shouldn't be intimidating to claim it as your own. So much of our world is beautiful and responding to that with poetry can be as simple and intuitive as you want.”

For more information about this program, or to contact the Youth Poet Laureate, email

Readings and Events

Requests for readings or presentations at community events by the Youth Poet Laureate should be accompanied by an honorarium.   

Former Youth Poet Laureates