The City of Mississauga is celebrating National Poetry Month in a big way with the announcement of its new Poet Laureate.
Paul Edward Costa was named the 2019-2021 Poet Laureate at General Committee on April 3. He is a writer, teacher and spoken word artist who has published over sixty stories, poems and articles in literary journals worldwide such as Alt-Minds Literary Magazine, Peacock Journal, Entropy Magazine and more. He will take over the role from the city’s second Poet Laureate, Wali Shah, to serve a two-year term (April 2019 to the end of March 2021).
Every two years, the city embarks on a search for a new Poet Laureate to elevate the status of poetry, literary arts and writers within communities and beyond. With this honourary position, Costa has been recognized as a poet who writes excellent poetry or spoken word and has written on themes that are relevant to citizens of Mississauga.
“We want to congratulate Paul on being selected as Poet Laureate from an exceptional list of applicants this past year,” said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division. “As a talented writer, poet and teacher, he will be a tremendous ambassador for our city and a great role model for aspiring artists and poets in Mississauga.”
As the new Poet Laureate, he will focus on serving as a literary ambassador for Mississauga to promote poetry and literary arts, raise the profile of writers in Mississauga and create an artist legacy through public readings and civic interactions. He will also act as mentor for the city’s current Youth Poet Laureate, Pujita Verma.
The public can expect to see the new Poet Laureate, Paul Edward Costa, at the city’s First Annual Poetry Slam on April 25. Costa will also make an appearance as part of Canada Day celebrations at Celebration Square on July 1.
Photo: Paul Edward Costa, 2019-2021 Poet Laureate, with Mayor Bonnie Crombie at General Committee (April 3, 2019)