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2019 Saskatchewan Poet Laureate & Youth Poet Laureate
 
The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild is seeking a new Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate for 2019! This redesigned program continues the tradition of honouring Saskatchewan poets and the poetry community, while adding the new position of Youth Poet Laureate and exciting new community engagement opportunities.
 
Please read the guidelines below, and email applications to the SWG Program Manager by January 31, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. A selection committee appointed by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild will select the Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate from eligible submissions. The successful poets will be announced in March.
 

Saskatchewan Poet Laureate
 
Objectives:
  • celebrate the spirit of the people and place of Saskatchewan through the literary arts
  • 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 an Ambassador for writing in general, poetry in particular, and for the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild 
 
Criteria
The Poet Laureate will meet the following criteria:
  • have a significant body of work, including a minimum of two books of poetry professionally published 
  • have achieved recognition for the literary merit of his/her work
  • 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)
  • be a current resident of Saskatchewan, and has been a resident for at least 2 of the past 3 years
  • have means of reliable transportation
 
Duties of the Poet Laureate
  • represent the literary community at officially approved events throughout Saskatchewan to which the Laureate has been officially invited (may be up to 5 per year);
  • attend the following events: Saskatchewan Book Awards (April), Government House Inauguration and Poetry Soiree (April), Poetry & A Pint (May) and SWG Conference (October); 
  • engage people in poetry by liaising with the SWG to create and coordinate a poetry event or initiative; 
  • work with and advise a Saskatchewan Youth Poet Laureate; 
  • use social media or digital engagement during their term to interact with people and advocate for the literary arts;
  • it is not expected that the Poet Laureate write new work for any event/invitation; the responsibility is on the PL whether to accept such a request. 
 
Administration duties of the Poet Laureate
  • provide written reports to the Program Manager after each appearance including numbers
  • provide a year-end summary report to the Program Manager
  • attend occasional Advisory Committee meetings as requested
 
Length of Term/Remuneration for the Poet Laureate
The Poet Laureate term is for one year with the possibility of a one-year extension.
 
The Poet Laureate will receive a $3,000 annual stipend. Travel expenses and reading fees for a limited number of readings will be covered. The Poet Laureate is expected to cover the costs of his/her own home office (e.g. long-distance telephone calls).
 
Application Process:
To apply for the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate position, please submit the following:
  • An application form
  • A literary Curriculum Vitae (max 5 pages); please ensure this includes a brief bio, a complete list of publications as well as evidence of your involvement in the literary life of Saskatchewan 
  • A letter of intent (max 750 words) explaining the following:
    • Why you want to be the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate 
    • How you meet the criteria of the position you are applying for
    • How you would like to engage people in poetry through an event or initiative. This event/initiative must adhere to the objectives of the Poet Laureate program and will be publicly accessible.
    • Your availability and ability as the nominated poet in 2019
  • Up to 3 letters of reference

Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Application Form - 2019


Saskatchewan’s Youth Poet Laureate

 
Objectives:
  • celebrate the spirit of Saskatchewan youth through the literary arts
  • raise the profile of young writers in Saskatchewan
  • raise awareness of the power of poetry and spoken word
  • act as an Ambassador for writing in general, poetry in particular, and for the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild 
 
Criteria
The Youth Poet Laureate will meet the following criteria:
  • have a demonstrated commitment to writing, with a passion for poetry and/or spoken word 
  • have some record of public involvement in the writing culture of the province (e.g. readings, performances, volunteerism)
  • have pursued some form of formal or informal professional development (workshops, classes, etc.)
  • is between the ages of 18-25
  • be a current resident of Saskatchewan, and has been a resident for at least 2 of the past 3 years
 
Duties of the Youth Poet Laureate
  • be a youth Ambassador for Saskatchewan poetry/performance by providing one poem and a letter of greeting/introduction in the high school literary magazine Windscript; 
  • attend and read at the Windscript launch (May);
  • be a youth Ambassador by reading/performing at events such as: Saskatchewan Book Awards, Government House Inauguration and Poetry Soiree, and/or SWG Conference;
  • liaise with the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate;
  • it is not expected that the Youth Poet Laureate write new work for any event/invitation; the responsibility is on the Youth Poet Laureate whether to accept such a request.
 
Length of Term/Remuneration for the Youth Poet Laureate
The Youth Poet Laureate term is for one year.
 
The Youth Poet Laureate will receive a $1,000 annual stipend. Travel expenses and fees for a limited number of readings will be covered.
 
Application Process:
To apply for the Youth Poet Laureate position, please submit the following:
  • An application form
  • A resume outlining your literary engagement experience at school, and/or work and volunteering
  • A list of publications or performances, if applicable
  • At least three original poems in any format including written, audio, or video. If submitting audio or video, please include a written transcript of the poems
  • A letter of intent (max 500 words) explaining the following:
    • Why you want to be the Saskatchewan Youth Poet Laureate
    • How you meet the criteria of the position you are applying for
    • Your availability and ability as the nominated youth poet in 2019
  • A biography (max 100 words) that can be used for promotional materials if accepted.

Youth Poet Laureate Application Form - 2019


For more information, please contact:
Yolanda Hansen, Program Manager
T: 306.791.7743 | E: programs@skwriter.com

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