Poet Laureate

Poet Laureate

Paul Edward Costa is the City of Mississauga 2019 Poet Laureate. He will serve a two year term (2019-2021). This honorary position recognizes a poet who writes poetry or spoken word and has written on themes that are important to the citizens of Mississauga. The position holds four key objectives:

  • Become the City of Mississauga's literary ambassador both within and outside the City;
  • Promote poetry and literary arts within the City;
  • Raise the profile of writers in Mississauga; and
  • Create an artistic legacy through public readings and civic interactions.

About Paul Edward Costa

Paul Edward Costa is a writer, teacher, and spoken word artist. He has published over sixty stories, poems, and articles in literary journals worldwide and performs spoken word at a variety of poetry events as an open mic or featured artist. His novella "Dark Magic on the Edge of Town" was published in 2016 with Paperback-Press, and his book of poetry "The Long Train of Chaos" will be published in August 2019 by Kung Fu Treachery Press. Paul regularly gives talks at meetings of The Mississauga Writers' Group, hosts and curates The YTGA Open Mic Series at Studio.89, and is co-organizer of the Mississauga Arts Council's series Verses Out Loud: A Spoken Word and Poetry Open Mic. Paul earned a Specialized Honors BA in History and a BA in Education at York University. He teaches high school English and History with the Peel District School Board.

Youth Poet Laureate

The City of Mississauga is pleased to announce the Youth Poet Laureate for 2021-2023 is Qurat Dar. The role of the Youth Poet Laureate is to serve as a literary ambassador for youth in the City of Mississauga. Qurat will aim to elevate the status of poetry, literary arts and young writers through community youth poetry events and/or projects. The honorary position recognizes a young poet who writes excellent poetry or spoken word and has written on themes that are relevant to the citizens of Mississauga.

About Qurat Dar

Qurat Dar is a spoken word artist, organizer, multi-genre writer, and the 2020 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) National Champion. She was also a 2019 recipient of the Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award and a 2018 Best of the Net finalist. Her work has appeared in Canthius, Augur Magazine, and the Art Gallery of Mississauga, among other places, and she has a poetry chapbook forthcoming with Coven Editions. Qurat is currently studying environmental engineering at the University of Guelph and is deeply interested in the intersections between the sciences and the arts, especially in the context of the climate crisis.

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