Local artist named Edmonton poet laureate

Local poet, Anna Marie Sewell, is Edmonton's fourth poet laureate.

Local poet, Anna Marie Sewell, is Edmonton's fourth poet laureate.

"I am tickled pink," said Sewell who's been active on Edmonton’s poetry scene for 20 years. "I hope my voice and vision can be put to good use celebrating who we are as a city, and who we dream to be."

She is an instructor for The Learning Centre Literacy Association and a founding member of the Stroll of Poets Society.

Her latest book of poetry Fifth World Drum has won critical acclaim.

"She brings to the role a profound ability to blend wisdom and playfulness into poetry that is both beautiful and accessible," said Mayor Stephen Mandel. "Her work is varied and rich, with strong roots in our community."

Sewell, born in Fredericton, NB, is of Mi’gmaq/Anishnabe/Polish heritage. She has lived in Edmonton since 1985, after moving here "fresh out of the bush" of Alberta’s Peace Country.

Sewell will serve a two-year term as Edmonton’s Poet Laureate.

She replaces Roland Pemberton, better known as Cadence Weapon, whose term as poet laureate ends June 30.