The City of New Westminster is proud to have a Poet Laureate to capture in poetry the events and stories of our community and preserve them for future generations.
Upcoming Poetry Events
Please visit the Events Calender for poetry event details.
Current Poet Laureate
Poet Laureate, New Westminster
2010 - 2012 & 2013 - 2016
Local resident Candice James was named Poet Laureate of The City Of New Westminster on June 14, 2010. She is a full member of The League Of Canadian Poets; a member of the British Columbia Writers Federation and Vice President of Poetic Justice poetry group. A writer for over 30 years, she is the author of the poetry book “A Split In The Water” and has been active on the literary scene participating in poetry readings and on radio.
Candice was re-appointed by Council for a second term (2013 - 2016), click here for the press release.
Past Poet Laureate's
Poet Laureate Emeritus
1999 - 2006
Poet Laureate Emerita
1998 - 1999
The City of New Westminster recognizes Edna Anderson (1918 - 2011), our first Poet Laureate, with our sincere gratitude for her countless contributions to our community.
- Mayor, Council and the citizens of the City of New Westminster