This year, Edmonton welcomes Poet Laureates from across Canada from April 21st to April 28th, 2013! Parliamentary Poet Fred Wah, Toronto Laureate George Elliott Clarke and 13 other Laureates from across our vast country converge on Edmonton to participate in workshops, conferences, gala events, poetry parties, public readings and more! This year we are truly a Word Nation.

In addition to our Laureates, we also welcome Scotland’s Makar, Liz Lochhead! Ms Lochhead will host several events throughout the week and take part in a symposium at City Hall. And make sure you don’t miss seeing musician and spoken word poet C.R Avery, who joins us from Vancouver for a feature event at the Garneau Theatre.

Sponsor a Laureate

This year the festival has some very exciting sponsorship opportunities. We ask you to join us in supporting the work of Canada’s Poet Laureates and sponsor a Laureate.

Sponsorship opportunities run from purchasing a ticket to our Poetry Map of Canada for a Laureate for $50.00, to sponsoring the Laureate’s stay in Edmonton. Costs run from $100 to $500 depending on the length of time each Laureate joins us.

The Poetry Festival is able to offer charitable tax receipts and your name will be included in our official program.

Please contact Rayanne below for more information or to sponsor a Laureate!