Town Seeks Poet Laureate for 2020 to 2022

August 17, 2020
Parks, Recreation, & Culture

The Town of Collingwood is inviting applications for the position of Poet Laureate 2020-2022

Poets with a passion for literary arts and who are willing to act as a champion for poetry and/or the spoken word are invited to apply for the position of Collingwood’s second Poet Laureate.

A complete description of the position and details for applying are available online at

During a two year term commencing in September 2020, the Poet Laureate will develop creative projects and produce original works that inspire an appreciation for poetry and the literary arts, and encourage new poets of all ages and abilities.

The Town of Collingwood first started the process of searching for its second Poet Laureate in March but paused the search in light of COVID-19. Day Merrill, Collingwood’s first Poet Laureate extended her term until July, creating virtual poetry events and offerings.

“As Collingwood’s first Poet Laureate Day has brought an enthusiasm for poetry and the written word to the community,” says Mayor Brian Saunderson. “From writing new poems for events, leading community projects and workshops, to showcasing local poets Day has shown that the power of poetry can touch everyone. We thank Day for her term as our inaugural Poet Laureate as she now becomes our first Poet Laureate Emeritus.”

“For the past two years it has been my honour and privilege to serve as the Town of Collingwood’s first Poet Laureate,” says Day Merrill. “Poetry is the most compact and efficient way to express thoughts and feelings and engender a deep response in others. The role of Poet Laureate has given me the opportunity to share my love of poetry and the spoken word as well and inspire both committed word fans and those new to the power of poetry.”

The Poet Laureate does not have to reside in Collingwood but must demonstrate a connection to the culture of the area through the artistic community, natural surroundings or territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. Applicants for the position must be active in the literary community, have a body of work and be recognized by their peers. 

The closing date for applications is Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 4:00 PM.