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Poet Laureate
Capturing the City's history in poetry!

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 Candice James

Candice James
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 ending in 2016.

Past Poet Laureate's

Don Benson
Poet Laureate Emeritus
1999 - 2006

Edna Anderson
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

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