Thursday, January 24, 2013

Creative Writing grad named first-ever youth poet laureate in Canada

By Aysia Law

When they called me to offer the job of Youth Poet Laureate for Victoria, the first thing that crossed my mind was “April Fools!” Even after I accepted and they said they’d be in touch, and even once the interviews began, I kept waiting for someone to tap me on the shoulder and say, “Oops, there was a typographical error and actually we picked someone else. Sorry!”

But last night I had my "official" introduction to city council, and I don’t think they can retract the offer now. I’m on record.

Now, mostly, I’m simultaneously exultant and terrified. Being the first Youth Poet Laureate appointed in Canada is a pretty big deal, but it’s also a huge responsibility. I have some really great ideas for events that I’d like to put on this year for youth in Victoria, but it’s going to take a lot of work.

I suppose the good thing about being the first is that, without a previous model to adhere to, I can’t mess it up too badly. Fingers crossed.

I’d like to say a big thank-you to Douglas instructors Calvin Wharton, Elizabeth Bachinsky and Glenda Leznoff for coaching me through post-secondary creative writing, and for being so wonderful and supportive during my time at Douglas. I wouldn’t be here without their help.

Read more about Aysia and her appointment in the Times Colonist and hear her interviewed on CBS's All Points West!