George Murray has been appointed the new Poet Laureate for the City of St. John’s, the city announced today.
A news release notes Murray has been widely anthologized and has published many poems and short stories in journals and magazines in Canada, the United States, Australia and Europe. His six books of poetry include Whiteout (ECW, 2012), Glimpse: Selected Aphorisms (ECW, 2010), The Rush to Here (Nightwood, 2007), and The Hunter (McClelland & Stewart, 2003).
“George Murray will be an effective and engaging Poet Laureate, and I look forward to working with him over the next four years,” said Coun. Sandy Hickman, chair of the city’s arts advisory committee.
“The nominees for this appointment were all very strong candidates, and the nomination packages were compelling.”
The Poet Laureate acknowledges poets and the contribution of poetry to civic life. The Poet Laureate will act as an ambassador for poetry and will integrate poetry into a variety of official and unofficial civic events.
Murray will be the city’s third Poet Laureate. The inaugural position was held by Agnes Walsh from 2006 to 2009; and Tom Dawe from 2010 to 2013.