Blodgett named city poet laureate
Two-time Governor General’s Award winner replaces Alice Major
One of Canada’s most acclaimed writers will serve a twoyear term as Edmonton’s poet laureate.
On Friday, Mayor Stephen Mandel announced that E.D. (Ted) Blodgett is taking over from Alice Major, the city’s first poet laureate, the founder of the Edmonton Poetry Festival and a tireless supporter of literature and literacy.
Blodgett is eminently qualified for the honorary position. He has published 17 books of poetry and has won the Governor General’s Award twice. Though he is currently teaching at Faculte Saint-Jean and Grant MacEwan, Blodgett is professor emeritus of comparative literature at the University of Alberta. He writes, and teaches, in both English and French.
“Culture is for everyone; art is for everyone,” Mandel said Friday. “And with poems about hockey playoffs and potholes, our first poet laureate proved that poetry is for everyone too. The city is honoured that Ted Blodgett will share poetry about and around the capital city and that he will continue to remind us all of the value of art and creativity in our growing cultural community.”
E.D. (Ted) Blodgett is Edmonton’s second poet laureate.