Comox Valley Poet Laureate Program

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.

Poet Laureate – 2017-2019 – Natalie Nickerson

Raised in an Ontario swamp, Natalie Nickerson feels fortunate she wasn’t consumed by a swarm of mosquitoes before she was big enough to fend them off herself. Natalie Nickerson was chosen Laureate on March 10, 2017 following a search organized by Comox Valley Arts, your regional arts council. She will serve a two-year term, until March 2019. She has great respect for amphibians since those creatures worked hard to keep her alive in those early springsRead More -->

Poet Laureate – 2015-2017 – Kevin Flesher

Flesher is clearly excited to get going in his new role. “My mission is to create more opportunities for more people to experience more poetry,” he said. “Old and young, folks all sorts, in all the nooks and crannies of our valley. I will stir the pot and stoke the fire, bang the tune and strum the lyre. “I will be available to write and perform poems for special occasions, perhaps your next funeral orRead More -->

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.