In July of last year, City Council approved the motion to establish the honorary position of Poet Laureate. A citizen-led initiative, sponsored by the Calgary Foundation and several corporations, Calgary Arts Development Authority organized a poetry showcase with six of the final candidates.
The performances were riveting, with a wide range of style from hip-hop, to slam, to visual poetry, all to a sold-out audience. Today it's my pleasure to present Calgary's first Poet Laureate. He will join a world-wide and long history of poets laureate, with the likes of Chaucer, Longfellow, and Canada's current poet, Fred Wah. This artist is a fixture in Calgary's spoken word, literary and theatre communities, creating music and lyrics for numerous award-winning projects and performing around the world. He is a skilled, passionate and keenly insightful artist whose work is both accessible and deeply committed to an honest expression of what it is to be Calgarian.
Please welcome our first Poet Laureate, Kris Demeanor!
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