Krystle Hewitt. Mississauga News. Saturday, January 21, 2023

“Deadline to apply is March 1

The City of Mississauga is looking for its next youth poet laureate and applications are now open.

In this role, the individual will serve as a literary ambassador for youth in the city with the objective of elevating the status of poetry, literary arts and young writers.

The honorary position recognizes a young poet who writes poetry or spoken word and has written on themes relevant to the city.

This will be the city’s fourth youth poet laureate.

They will serve a 24-month term beginning in April and will receive a $3,000 honorarium paid in 6 instalments throughout the term.

Mississauga’s current youth poet laureate is Qurat Dar, a spoken word artist, organizer and multi-genre writer who has been serving a two-year term since 2021.

Applications are open to current Mississauga residents who are 25 years old or younger as of April 1.

Submissions will be accepted until March 1 at 4:30 p.m. and full guidelines are available online.

More information is available on the city’s youth poet laureate Call for Submission webpage.

To learn more about the city’s past and present poet laureates and youth poet laureates, visit the city’s poet laureate webpage.”