Mary Pinkoski, 5th Poet Laureate of the City of Edmonton (2013-2015), is an internationally-recognized poet. She has performed on stages across North American and at the 2015 Winter Lights Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. Her work has appeared in multiple anthologies. She is the 2011 Canadian National Spoken Word Champion and a winner of the 2008 CBC National Poetry Face-off. In 2015, Mary was recognized as an Edmonton Top 40 Under 40 and also awarded a University of Alberta Alumni Horizon Award for her poetry work in the Edmonton community, in particular for facilitating poetry workshops and her creation of the City of Edmonton’s Youth Poet Laureate role which she continues to help coordinate.
Mary’s workshops bring the basics of free verse poetry, performance elements, and word play to allow students to tell the stories that are important to them without constraint. Mary facilitates workshops for participants of all ages and abilities. Mary has also facilitated workshops on writing for social change and has worked with organizations to help write their story creatively. Her workshops specialize in poetry/spoken word/storytelling.