Poet Laureate

Jillian Morris, Collingwood's Poet Laureate, 2022-2024

Poet Laureate Jillian Morris Jillian is a Collingwood writer, poet and storyteller whose work is regularly featured in local and regional publications. She will serve as Poet Laureate for two years commencing in April, 2022. The role of this honorary position is to elevate poetry, writers and literary arts in the community.

During her term, Jillian will appear at events, present work on themes relevant to the citizens of Collingwood and utilize poetry and storytelling as a means to help connect the community.

As Kanien’kehaka, a member of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Jillian’s poetry layers traditional teachings and interconnection with the natural world to explore identity, redress untruths and foster connection. Her poem A Tribute to our Stolen Spirits is installed at the Awen Gathering Circle. 

Jillian is a former federal public servant and in addition to writing, she is a researcher, creator, public engager, mother, wife, and bridge builder. Jillian is also a member of the Unity Collective where she finds endless reward in volunteering and working to build relationships, capacity, and understanding. To reach Jillian, contact artsandculture@collingwood.ca.