Poet Laureate Offers Free Consultations To Emerging Poets

Evelyn Lau, the City of Vancouver’s third Poet Laureate, invites emerging poets to apply for a free one-to-one manuscript consultation at VPL’s iconic Central Library.

"I look forward to meeting with poets - aspiring or published - to discuss their submitted work and answer questions about the editing and publishing processes,” said Ms. Lau. “I am happy to offer editorial and publication guidance and provide insights into the writing life.”

Those selected for a consultation are encouraged to bring questions regarding submitting to literary magazines, entering contests, giving readings, putting together a poetry manuscript: in fact anything related to the poet's life.

Consultations will be held the first Monday of the month beginning in March at the Central Library and will be held most months during Ms. Lau’s three-year term as Poet Laureate.

To be considered for a consultation, interested poets must submit the following two requirements in the body of an email to poetlaureate@vancouver.ca. Do not submit attachments.

  • A paragraph of no more than 200 words stating why you would like to meet with the Poet Laureate and what you hope to gain from the consultation.
  • A writing sample of up to three poems.

The deadline for applications is Monday, February 13. Those chosen for a consultation will be contacted directly by VPL staff with the date and time for their 40-minute meeting with the Poet Laureate.

Evelyn Lau was born in Vancouver in 1971 and is the author of five volumes of poetry, two works of non-fiction, two short story collections and a novel, with works translated into a dozen languages worldwide. She is currently at work on her sixth poetry collection.

The Poet Laureate is an honorary position that celebrates literature and poetry in Vancouver. The position is funded by a generous endowment established by Dr. Yosef Wosk.

More information and a full biography of Ms. Lau can be found at vancouververse.ca.


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