The Comox Valley Poet Laureate creates works during a two-year term to celebrate or commemorate significant community events (i.e. Miners Memorial, Canada Day, etc.), and will serve as a touchstone for the mood of the community.
This is an honourary position, which receives a small stipend per year for performing these duties, as well as significant recognition throughout each year for the work and contribution a Poet Laureate will make to the literary fabric of our community.
Open to all creators of poetic or lyrical works who live and work in the Comox Valley (between Oyster River and Mud Bay), have resided here for at least two years and will continue to reside here during the two-year tenure.
Each term a region-wide search is conducted, after which a short list of finalists are interviewed by the jury, with a performance component, to select the person best able to represent our community poetically.
The honour of poet laureate is supplemented by a cash honorarium, built from sponsorships raised by Comox Valley Arts.
The 2017-2019 Poet Laureate is supported by Coastal Community Credit Union, North Island College, Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sure Copy, and Cumberland Village Works.