Inaugural Poet Laureate

Inaugural Poet Laureate

The Culture Division introduced Anna Yin as Mississauga's first Poet Laureate in 2015. Anna will serve a two year term (2015-2017). 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 Anna Yin

Anna Yin is the author of five books of poetry including Wings Toward Sunlight and Inhaling the Silence. She is the Ontario representative for the League of Canadian Poets, has been featured on CBC radio and has read her poetry on Parliament Hill. She is the recipient of several awards including the Ted Plantos Memorial Award, two MARTY Literary Arts Awards and the Chinese Professionals Association of Canada Professional Achievement Award.

Her poem "Still Life" was part of the Poetry in Transit project featured on buses across Canada in 2013. Anna has actively promoted poetry and hosted many events in Mississauga and across Ontario. Her new poetry collection Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac will be published in 2015. Anna Yin was born in China and immigrated to Canada in 1999. She currently lives and works in Mississauga.

Rebecca smiling with a teal background.

Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate

The City of Mississauga recognized its first Youth Poet Laureate on Wednesday April 6, 2016. The role of the Youth Poet Laureate is to serve as a literary ambassador for youth in the City of Mississauga. Rebecca will aim to elevate the status of poetry, literary arts and young writers through the development of a community youth poetry event or project. 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 Rebecca Zseder

Rebecca Zseder is a Grade 12 student and is currently enrolled in the Arts and Culture Specialist High Skills Major Program. She has been a member of her school’s Improvisational Acting Team since 2013 and has competed at the National Level three times, bringing home gold in 2013 and bronze in 2016. Her passion for poetry, stemming from her passion for public speaking which won her the Regional title in 2012, was discovered in early Grade 9. She began her poetic endeavours with the work of William Shakespeare. This interest blossomed into spoken word poetry when joined with her love of free speech for the public ear. Her poetry is often centred around everyday life, strife, and social issues in need of attention. Her goal is to inspire youth, like herself, to discover art in poetry. She looks to broaden her poetic knowledge next year when she studies English Literature at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Contact Us
For more Information on the Poet Laureate Program Contact:
Kathryn Garland
Culture Division

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