City seeks poet laureate

Search in Surrey to coincide with National Poetry month.

The City of Surrey is looking for someone to advocate for literacy and literary arts.

The inaugural search for a Surrey Poet Laureate launched last month, to coincide with World Poetry Day (March 21) and National Poetry Month (April).

The city has partnered with Surrey Libraries, the Cultural Development Advisory Committee, Surrey Arts Services, Surrey International Writers’ Conference, the Arts Council of Surrey, Creative Writing at Simon Fraser University, Semiahmoo Arts and Surrey Muse in the quest to identify an ambassador.

During a two- or three-year term, the poet laureate will engage with the people of Surrey through readings, civic interactions and community projects.

Submissions will be evaluated by a committee comprised of peer and partnership-group representatives.

Applications are being accepted until June 30.

For more information, visit www.surreylibraries.ca/poetlaureate