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Calgary Poet Laureate Showcase
Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (MST)
This event is now SOLD OUT, but there will be a standby line at the door. Arrive early to increase your chances of being admitted. If you already have tickets and will not be able to attend, please contact us at 403.264.5330 or Emiko.Muraki@calgaryartsdevelopment.com so that we can accommodate other guests.
Join us for the Calgary Poet Laureate Showcase
Meet the diverse wealth of poetic talent in Calgary at the Poet Laureate Showcase; an evening of presentations and conversations with the Calgary Poet Laureate Nominee Short List hosted by Russell Bowers of CBC Radio One's Daybreak Alberta. Each nominee will present an example of their work, followed by a discussion of the value that the Calgary Poet Laureate will bring to our city and the unique contribution they hope to make in the inagural term of the position.
Calgary Poet Laureate Short List Nominees:
Daniel Bennett a.k.a. Transit
About the Calgary Poet Laureate
On July 26, 2011 City Council approved a motion to establish a Poet Laureate position for Calgary. Calgary's Poet Laureate will compose and present poetry for official City of Calgary occasions, raise awareness of local issues through commissioned works and act as an ambassador and advocate for the arts in Calgary. A volunteer Selection Committee will appoint the Poet Laureate to a two-year term with an annual honorarium of $10,000. A total of 14 nomination packages were received for the position in January 2012. Six short list candidates have been selected and invited to take part in the Calgary Poet Laureate Showcase, an event unique to Calgary in Poet Laureate programs across Canada. The showcase provides the Selection Committee with an example of the short list nominees' work in addition to their ability to speak and perform to an audience and engage with Calgary's citizens. The first Calgary Poet Laureate will be announced in April 2012 during National Poetry Month.
The Calgary Poet Laureate is funded by the following Poet Laureate Ambassadors:
The Calgary Foundation
Calgary Chamber of Commerce
First Calgary Financial
FirstEnergy Capital Corp.
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Calgary Arts Development
champions the arts as a key driver of Calgary's quality of life.
Calgary Arts Development plays a leadership role in realizing the potential of arts and culture in Calgary. As the city's designated arts development authority, we are a central hub that learns about, promotes,connects, advocates for, and leads strategic initiatives in the arts to animate Calgary as a vibrant cultural centre. Calgary Arts Development allocates municipal funding for the arts provided by the City of Calgary through granting programs that support operations and innovation for more than 190 arts organizations in Calgary.