The municipality’s eighth Poet Laureate is Sue Goyette. Sue will serve a three-year term in this role, acting as an ambassador for poetry, literacy, literature and the arts. As part of her mandate, she will represent the municipality as an artist and an advocate for culture and community, through public appearances and readings at local events and through other public presentation platforms.
Sue Goyette lives in K'jipuktuk (Halifax), the unceded and unsurrendered land of the Mi’kmaq peoples. She has published six books of poems and a novel. Her forthcoming collection is Anthesis (Gaspereau Press, 2020).
Sue has been nominated for several awards including the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Award and has won the CBC Literary Prize for Poetry, the Earle Birney, the Bliss Carman, the Pat Lowther, the J.M. Abraham Poetry Award, the Relit Award, and the 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award for her collection, Ocean. She edited the 2014 Best of Canadian Poetry Anthology and the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology. Sue teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University.