Youth Poet Laureate

The Youth Poet Laureate serves as a “young people’s poet”, raising awareness of poetry, the literary arts and the positive impact literature and poetry can have on community life. 

Mentored by the Poet Laureate, the Youth Poet Laureate organizes community-based youth poetry projects, and presents original work to Council; the Youth Advisory Council; and the community at various civic events. 

Apply to be Nanaimo's next Youth Poet Laureate!

Calling all poets! We're seeking applications for the next Youth Poet Laureate (ages 13-21) for a two-year term (to begin January 2019). Applications must be received no later than Monday, October 15, 2018 (4:00 pm). View the full application form before applying for this position.

Kailey DeFehr (2017)

Kailey DeFehr has been named as Nanaimo’s inaugural Youth Poet Laureate. She learned to further develop her craft through the Creative Writing Department at VIU and has already participated in many of the City’s poetry initiatives.  She brings with her a strong connection to the poetic community and some strong ideas for her term as our first Poet Laureate. Her goal to extend her passion to other young poets within the community, to help them find or rediscover a voice that matters: their own.  Poetry has a tendency to be undervalued, and Ms. DeFehr believes that young poets may have a difficult time admitting in today’s world how much we love and appreciate this ancient form of communication.

It is her hope to bring the young poets together; not to become the best or the most brilliant but just to share, for the fun of it.   Just to provide a voice or create the opportunities for other young poets in Nanaimo because all art forms are beautiful, as are the people who make them.

Reaching “a variety of youth” populations and encouraging peer to peer education and inspiration, the Youth Poet Laureate will pave the way for future youth to engage on a civic level through their artistic voice.

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Last updated: February 6, 2019

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