The importance of literature and literacy in Vancouver's cultural landscape was highlighted when City Council established the Poet Laureate Program in December 2006.

Acclaimed, award-winning poet Evelyn Lau is Vancouver's third Poet Laureate. Evelyn 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 at work on her sixth collection of poetry. During her three-year tenure, Evelyn will work to raise the profile of local poets and will also offer free consultations with emerging poets at Vancouver's Central Library.


The Poet Laureate Program was made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Yosef Wosk whose significant cultural leadership in Vancouver includes ongoing support for libraries and the literary arts. Dr. Wosk's donation is matched by the BC Arts Renaissance Fund and held in trust by the Vancouver Foundation, which ensures the continuation of the Poet Laureate position.

The Poet Laureate Program is a partnership of the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Public Library and the Vancouver International Writers Festival.

Nominations for next Poet Laureate are now being accepted!

The City of Vancouver, Vancouver Public Library and the Vancouver Writers Fest are accepting nominations and Letters of Intent for Vancouver's next Poet Laureate. Both published or performance poets will be considered for the position. More information about applying for the position of Poet Laureate can be found here. Vancouver Verse Sponsors