Suite 100, 938 Howe St.
Evelyn Lau, Poet Laureate of Vancouver, discusses her writing career, her new status as Poet Laureate of Vancouver, and she will do a poetry reading.
Cost: CAA Members free; Non-members $10; Students (with student ID) $5
Evelyn Lau has written ten books, including the bestselling short-story collection Choose Me, and five volumes of poetry. Her first book, Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, was published in 1989 when she was eighteen; it became a Canadian bestseller and was published internationally. In 1992, Lau became the youngest poet ever to be nominated for the Governor General’s Award, and in 1999, she received a Woman of Originality Award. She lives and works in Vancouver.
Lau became Vancouver’s third Poet Laureate on October 22, 2011. During the three-year term, the Poet Laureate acts as a champion for poetry, language and the arts, and creates a unique artistic legacy through public readings and civic interactions. The Poet Laureate is also expected to attend a variety of civic functions, participate in public poetry events and carry through one or more special civic projects.
The general mandate is to raise the status of poetry in the everyday consciousness of Vancouverites. Each Poet Laureate is free to pursue an individual agenda in addition to their civic duties. The Poet Laureate Program is a partnership of the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Public Library and the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival.