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Help Vancouver’s Search for the Next Poet Laureate!
The City of Vancouver, Vancouver Public Library and the Vancouver Writers Fest are accepting Nominations Letters and Letters of Intent for Vancouver’s next Poet Laureate. The Laureate will begin his or her term in October 2014. Both published or performance poets will be considered for the position! For more information visit and nominate a poet by August 27, 2014. 

Alice Major the Latest Recipient of the Golden Pen Award
The Writers Guild of Alberta has named Alice Major the latest recipient of the Golden Pen Award, which is given to recognize the achievements of an outstanding Alberta writer. Past recipients have included Robert Kroetsch, Myrna Kostash, Grant MacEwan, W.O. Mitchell, and Rudy Wiebe. For more info:

New Brick Books’ One-Stop Resource for Canadian Poetry
Since 1975 Brick Books has been publishing new and established voices in Canadian poetry. They now have a new resource for students and educators to showcase all the information about their authors in one place – author biographies, books published, reviews, interviews, audio recordings, plus new material including why they write, their process, reflections on their poems, their experience as writers, writing exercises, and lots more.

Here are the poets who have provided new material so far: Barbara Klar, Brian Henderson, Carole Langille, Deanna Young, Derk Wynand, Eve Joseph, Gillian Wigmore, Heather Cadsby, Jane Munro, Joanna Lilley, John Donlan, John Reibetanz, Kate Cayley, Kim Maltman, Maureen Harris, Michael Crummey, Michael Kenyon, Nora Gould, Pain Not Bread, Patrick Friesen, Rhonda Batchelor, Robyn Sarah, Stephanie Bolster, Sue Sinclair, Susan Paddon, Ted Dyck, Terry Griggs. More interviews will be added in the coming months. For more info:

Louise Filiatrault is named Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO
The Canada Council for the Arts is very pleased to announce the appointment of Louise Filiatrault as the Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, beginning September 3, 2014.

The announcement was made today by Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council and Christina Cameron, President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. The Commission operates within the Canada Council.

About Ms. Filiatrault: Ms. Filiatrault is currently the Director, Portfolio Management at the Department of Canadian Heritage, a position she has held since 2011. In this capacity she has collaborated closely with organizations focused on the arts, culture and heritage.

Prior to this, she was the Associate Director-General and Director of Program Development at the Canadian Heritage Information Network, where she led the renewal of program development and the modernization of the Virtual Museum of Canada. Ms. Filiatrault organized the first CHIN Digital Heritage Symposium in Beijing, China, and the second, held in conjunction with the winter Olympic Games and Vancouver Cultural Olympiad. Previously, she was the Chief, Education and Public Programs at the National Gallery of Canada, and sat on the Board of ICOM-AVICOM International Committee (International Council of Museums). She holds a Bachelor Degree in History and Theory of Art from the University of Ottawa and is a graduate of the Getty’s Museum Leadership Institute.

About the Canadian Commission for UNESCO: The Canadian Commission for UNESCO serves as a forum for governments and civil society, in order to promote the participation of organizations and individuals in the activities of UNESCO in the fields of its mission: education, natural and social sciences and humanities, as well as culture, communication and information. The Commission also consults members of civil society and various levels of government to prepare Canada’s contribution to UNESCO and implement the Organization’s programs and activities in Canada. For more info: