Youth Poet Laureate

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.

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

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