Blod­gett named city poet lau­re­ate

Two-time Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Award win­ner re­places Alice Ma­jor

Edmonton Journal - - CULTURE - J o u r n a l Cu l t u r e S t a f f EDMONTON

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.”

RICK MACWILLIAM, THE JOUR­NAL, FILE

E.D. (Ted) Blod­gett is Edmonton’s sec­ond poet lau­re­ate.

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