Deirdre Kessler named as Poet Laureate
Deirdre Kessler has been named the new Poet Laureate for Prince Edward Island, says Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie.
“From her works of poetry and children’s fiction, to her work teaching creative writing, Ms. Kessler has already made a significant impact on our Island culture,” said Minister Currie. “As Poet Laureate, I know she will help us celebrate poetry in Prince Edward Island.”
The Island’s sixth Poet Laureate is a poet, writer, and teacher. Her collections of poetry are Afternoon Horses, Subtracting by Seventeen, and Rearranging the Sky. Ms. Kessler currently teaches children’s literature and creative writing part-time with the University of Prince Edward Island’s Department of English.
See the full press release from the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture here: Deirdre Kessler named poet laureate
Open invitation: the poetry engine awaits you!
New poets are always welcome to submit a poem to this site, especially if you never have done so before. The submission form —with complete guidelines and formatting tips—is at poetrypei.com/submit.
Poets already on the site: remember that you are welcome to replace your existing poem with a new one at any time, provided at least 3 months have passed since your last update.
When visiting this site, be sure to see:
- Poetry by currently active Prince Edward Island poets — check back regularly to see if your favourite poets have anything new (writers can update their web presence with a new poem once every three months) on the site;
- Audio recordings of poets reading their own work, which can be downloaded, added to a feed, or played within your browser window;
- Video from the University of PEI’s “Island Voices” series, featuring former Poets Laureate Frank Ledwell and John Smith;
- A selection of poetry for children ;
- Information about the PEI Poet Laureate Program. New: pages on past poets laureate ;
- The Historical poets section of our site, which features a long poem, Chaim the Slaughterer, by the late Joseph Sherman; four poems by Lucy Maud Montgomery ; four poems by Milton Acorn ; and audio files of readings by Sherman and Acorn;
- A facility for poets to submit one poem of their choice to the online archive.