Commencing in 2000, the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Program was the first provincial program of its kind in Canada. The Saskatchewan Arts Board, Saskatchewan Book Awards, and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild are partners in the program, which is under the patronage of the Lieutenant Governor, Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield.
Communities, non-profit organizations, service organizations, and educational institutions may submit applications requesting the participation of the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate at a special event in Saskatchewan.
Events Eligible for Funding by the Program
Preference will be given for events that meet the following criteria:
Events NOT Eligible for Program Funding
Please note too that the Poet Laureate does not write poems on demand.
Costs Involving the Poet Laureate
Costs Covered By the Program
The program will cover the cost of the Poet Laureate's fee, travel, and meal expenses.
Costs To Be Covered By the Host Organization
The host organization is responsible for covering the cost of the Poet Laureate's accommodation, if required.
How to Apply
If you would like to invite the Poet Laureate to your event, please take the following steps:
Successful recipients will acknowledge the Poet Laureate sponsors on all printed materials. These must be included the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild.
For Further Information
If you would like any further information on the program, call SWG Program Manager at (306) 791-7743 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Objectives of the Poet Laureate Program
History of the Program
In 2000 Saskatchewan became the first province in Canada to officially designate a provincial Poet Laureate.
Glen Sorestad was the first author to hold the position; his term began on December 1, 2000 and ended on November 30, 2004.
Louise B. Halfe (Sky Dancer) served as the second Poet Laureate from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2006.
Robert Currie served as the third Poet Laureate from January 1, 2007 until December 31, 2010.
Don Kerr served as the fourth Poet Laureate from January 1, 2011 until December 31, 2013.
Judith Krause served as the fifth Poet Laureate from January 1, 2014 until December 31, 2015.
Gerry Hill is serving as the sixth Poet Laureate, his term began on January 1, 2016.
For more information contact the Program Manager at (306) 791-7743 or email@example.com