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Jenna Lyn Albert Appointed Fredericton's Next Poet Laureate


Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 3:01pm

Nightwood Editions author Jenna Lyn Albert has been appointed as the City of Fredericton's next poet laureate. She will serve for a two-year term starting January 28, 2019.

Albert is an active member in Fredericton’s creative scene. She is a member of The Fiddlehead magazine’s editorial board, a first reader of poetry submissions for Goose Lane Editions, and has a variety of work and volunteer experience in the literary community including, The UNB Reading Series, the New Brunswick Book Awards, and QWERTY magazine. She is also a graduate of the University of New Brunswick. She holds a master’s degree in English (Creative Writing) and an undergraduate degree in English. Her writing has appeared in The Malahat Review, Riddle Fence and The Puritan.

Albert’s debut poetry collection, Bec & Call, is rife with colloquialisms, irony and a healthy dose of sass. Her poems refuse to be silent or subtle; instead they delve into the explicit, the audacious, the boldly personal. The roles of Acadienne and feminist come with the responsibility of speaking up, and Albert’s work in Bec & Call vocalizes the societal dérangement of Acadian culture amidst the accruing difficulties women encounter as a result of rape culture and misogyny.

Albert has proposed numerous initiatives for public engagement over her two-year tenure, including a bi-weekly poetry podcast featuring local poets, booksellers and artists, a downtown poetry tour, poems of the week, and free poetry workshops. Details on these and other projects will be released at a later date.

The Poet Laureate position (formerly known as Cultural Laureate) was established in 2016 and was an action item of the Fredericton’s Culture Plan, adopted in 2014. The roles and responsibilities of the position include engaging with the community through activities, programs, and events, both traditional and innovative, to demonstrate the power of the arts to inspire, influence, and inform.

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