The city of Edmonton has named its fifth poet laureate. Spoken word performer and slam poet Mary Pinkoski will take on the position July 1.
"I am extremely honoured to have been selected as Edmonton’s fifth poet laureate and to carry on the great tradition of laureates that have served the city of Edmonton," said Mary Pinkoski.
"I am grateful for the possibilities of serving as Edmonton’s poet laureate for the next two years and look forward to making poetry come alive across the city."
Pinkoski has travelled across the country serving as an unofficial ambassador to the city’s poetry community for nearly a decade.
As the top ranked female slam poet in Canada, Pinkoski has numerous accolades and competitions under her belt such as Most Valuable poet at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.
"As an accomplished slam poet, performer, collaborator, teacher and mentor, Mary has many skills to bring to this role, and an obvious passion for the past and present of our city," said Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel.
"I look forward to seeing Mary in the community as our literary arts ambassador and to hearing Edmonton’s story told through her unique and dynamic style of poetry."
The new poet laureate sits on the board of the Edmonton Poetry Festival and is a teacher who leads workshops with youth and adults in the community.
Pinkoski will serve a two-year term replacing former poet laureate Anna Marie Sewell.
The role has been created to reflect the life of the city though readings and poetry and to be an ambassador for the city’s literary arts.
The program is supported by the city, the Edmonton Arts Council and the Edmonton Public Library.