City search­ing for poet lau­re­ate

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Lo­cal po­ets with a pas­sion for ad­vo­cacy of lit­er­acy and lo­cal her­itage are in­vited to con­sider the role of Greater Sud­bury’s fifth poet lau­re­ate. A com­plete de­scrip­tion of the po­si­tion and de­tails for ap­pli­ca­tion are avail­able on­line at www.sud­buryli­braries.ca or at any branch of the Greater Sud­bury pub­lic li­brary.

“The poet lau­re­ate is an ex­ten­sion of a cul­tural com­mu­nity that em­braces arts, cel­e­brates lit­er­acy and trea­sures her­itage,” Mayor Brian Big­ger said. “We are truly blessed in Greater Sud­bury to have a vast pool from which to draw those who will chron­i­cle our his­tory. On be­half of res­i­dents, I ex­tend sin­cere grat­i­tude to out­go­ing poet lau­re­ate, Kim Fah­ner, for her cre­ative spirit and last­ing vi­sion.”

Greater Sud­bury’s poet lau­re­ate will serve as an ac­tive ad­vo­cate for po­etry, lit­er­acy and lit­er­a­ture by ini­ti­at­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in read­ings and other events through­out the com­mu­nity for a two-year term, start­ing Jan­uary 2018. The poet’s man­date also in­cludes the cre­ation of a legacy pro­ject that will be unique to the in­di­vid­ual.

“I’ve been hon­oured to have been ap­pointed as the first woman in the role, and I’ve been fo­cused on rais­ing aware­ness about po­etry in our com­mu­nity,” Fah­ner said. “The next per­son in the role will have, I’m sure, as much joy in cre­at­ing their own vi­sion of the role as I have, and I very much look for­ward to see­ing that cre­ativ­ity con­tinue to flour­ish in our city.”

Ap­pli­cants for the po­si­tion must be a pub­lished poet, rec­og­nized for their achieve­ments, and ac­tive in the cul­tural and lit­er­ary com­mu­nity. Ad­di­tional re­quire­ments in­clude demon­strated lead­er­ship skills, pub­lic speak­ing abil­ity and flex­i­bil­ity to carry out all du­ties re­quired of the po­si­tion in a man­ner that re­flects English, French or In­dige­nous her­itage.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the 2018-2020 term are be­ing ac­cepted un­til Dec. 5 at 4:30 p.m. The Greater Sud­bury poet lau­re­ate re­ceives an hon­o­rar­ium of $1,000 per term.

GINO DONATO/SUD­BURY STAR

Poet lau­re­ate Kim Fah­ner re­cites a poem in this file photo. Her term as poet lau­re­ate is al­most over and the City of Greater Sud­bury is look­ing for a re­place­ment.

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