In 2014, VERSe Ottawa and the Ottawa Poet Laureate Program working committee worked with the City of Ottawa to develop a new poet laureate program. The new program selects both an English-language and a French-language poet to serve as official Ottawa poets laureate.
The two Ottawa poets laureate serve as Ottawa’s literary ambassadors. With this title and their writings, they represent the Ottawa poetry community both in Ottawa and beyond.
Each year, the poets laureate participate in a presentation at a meeting of City Council; conduct poetry lectures and events for broadcast or at schools, universities, libraries, and various civic events; work with other artists and communities; and sponsor poetic performances.
Andrée and Jamaal are advancing Ottawa’s unique voice in the world!