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Call for Nominations for Saskatchewan's Poet Laureate


The Saskatchewan Writers' Guild is calling for nominations for the next Poet Laureate.
The term will run from 01 January 2011—31 December 2013.

Criteria

The Poet Laureate will meet the following criteria:

  • will have a significant body of work, including a minimum of three books of poetry professionally published by established literary presses (not self-published)
  • will have achieved recognition for the literary merit of his/her work
  • will have a record of public involvement in the literary life of the province (e.g. teaching; delivering workshops; giving readings; writing reviews and articles; service on arts and literary boards and committees)
  • will be a current resident of Saskatchewan
  • will have been a resident of Saskatchewan for at least 2 of the past 3 years

Duties of the Poet Laureate

The duties of the Poet Laureate are as follows:

  • represent the literary community at officially approved events in Saskatchewan to which the Laureate has been officially invited (approximately 12 per year)
  • attend state events and other special events when invited (e.g. royal visits, the annual MLA reception sponsored by SaskCulture)
  • fulfill the purposes of the position of Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan as follows:
  • celebrate the spirit of the people and place of Saskatchewan
  • raise the profile of writers in Saskatchewan
  • elevate writing as a vocation
  • raise awareness of the power of poetry and the spoken word
  • act as a recognized spokesperson for writing in general and poetry in particular
  • act as a respected participant in festive occasions and official functions in the province
  • act as a focal point for the expression of Saskatchewan cultures (time, land, people) through the literary arts
  • provide written reports as requested

The Poet Laureate will give a brief reading each year at the Saskatchewan Book Awards Gala.
 

Nomination Process

Please submit a typed letter to one of the addresses below outlining how the proposed candidate meets each of the criteria outlined above.

The deadline for nominations to postmarked by Wednesday September 15, 2010.

Send your letters of nomination to one of the following addresses

Mailing Address

Attention: Tracy Hamon
Saskatchewan Writers' Guild
Box 3986
Regina, SK S4P 3R9

Drop-Off or Courier Address

Attention: Tracy Hamon
Saskatchewan Writers' Guild
Suite 205 - 2314 11th Ave.
Regina, SK S4P 0K1


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