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The 2022 St. Albert Poet Laureate

The City of St. Albert and St. Albert Public Library are pleased to introduce Lauren Seal as the city’s new Poet Laureate. Mayor Cathy Heron announced Seal’s appointment at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 19. Seal will serve for a two-year term as St. Albert’s third Poet Laureate, representing the City during readings at civic functions and public poetry events.

Lauren Seal

Lauren Seal is a poet, writer, and librarian. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines, anthologies, and once on a beer can. She mentors the teen and young adult poets of SWYC - the Spoken Word Youth Choir - and performs in the adult incarnation of the group.

Lauren Seal

Poetry

I wish we did not have to be

Performed at the 2022 State of the City with Mayor Cathy Heron on September 15, 2022.

An October Ode

Performed at St. Albert City Council on October 24, 2022.

Bibliotherapy

Performed at STARFest on October 25, 2022.

Role of the Poet Laureate

The Poet Laureate, ‘the people’s poet,’ is an honorary position with a term of two years. During that term, the Laureate will be recognized as a cultural and literary ambassador, act as a champion for poetry, language, and the arts, and represent St. Albert as Laureate during readings at civic functions and public poetry events.

In addition to the distinction of being named St. Albert’s Poet Laureate, they shall receive $1,000 at the beginning of each year of their term.

 

 

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